Independence Day in Washington, D.C. may see bigger fireworks if the “Open Carry March” put forth by a Marine veteran turned libertarian activist actually goes forward.
Adam Kokesh, 31, is planning a July 4 rally of pro-gun activists openly carrying rifles from Virginia to Washington as an act of “civil disobedience.” The plan, according to his Facebook event page, is to march across Memorial Bridge with rifles loaded and slung across the back “to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated [and] cower in submission to tyranny.”
Kokesh writes that if 10,000 attendees RSVP by June 1st, “we have the critical mass necessary to pull this off.” He said he wants to have at least 1,000 actually marching in the event, and as of this writing, more than 1,400 have said they were going…
If the event goes forward, it will most likely end in arrests. The state of Virginia allows open carrying of firearms, but while Washington, D.C. allows registration of firearms, the city does not issue permits to carry them…
“Should we meet physical resistance, we will peacefully turn back, having shown that free people are not welcome in Washington, & returning with the resolve that the politicians, bureaucrats, & enforcers of the federal government will not be welcome in the land of the free…”
His latest march comes on the heels of increasingly anti-government rhetoric, with Kokesh tweeting on May 2, “It’s time to abolish the US federal government.”
Nutball. And a failure in his attempt to get to Congress via the Republican Party.
In 2010, he ran as the Libertarian alternative in the Republican primary where I live in the 3rd Congressional District of New Mexico – ending up with 29% of the vote. The “winner” of that primary got 43% of the vote in the general election for Congress btw – running against a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.