On Oct. 24, libertarian activist and radio host Adam Kokesh appeared before a judge as part of a case against him in Washington, D.C. He is charged with the felony of openly carrying a shotgun and two misdemeanors of unregistered ammunition and an unregistered firearm. He is also facing separate charges of possession of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug while also in possession of a firearm in Virginia.
The case was prompted by a Youtube video posted by Kokesh on July 4 showing him loading shells into a shotgun in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., where openly carrying loaded weapons is a violation of statutes. On July 9, officers from the U.S. Park Police and the Herndon Police Department raided Kokesh's house with multiple vehicles, a flashbang grenade, and over 20 armored SWAT team members. During the raid, they found hallucinogenic mushrooms, which led to increased charges in the case.
When asked how he would plead, Kokesh said, “Due to the oath I swore to the Constitution when I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, by virtue of the universal human right to self-defense, in accordance with the Supreme Court case D.C. v. Heller, which affirmed that the statutes under which I am being charged are unconstitutional and thus null and void, and on behalf of all freedom loving Americans, I plead not guilty.” He argued that he never intended to hurt anyone, but was merely making a political statement.