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Libertarian Activist Appears In Court, Refuses To Answer Judge's Questions

Kokesh is seen loading a shotgun in a D.C. plaza on Independence Day, in violation of a city law.
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Kokesh is seen loading a shotgun in a D.C. plaza on Independence Day, in violation of a city law.

It appears that the libertarian and gun rights activist who wanted gun owners to parade through Washington packing heat won't be getting out of jail anytime soon.

Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh appeared before a Fairfax County judge this morning handcuffed and in a wheelchair, two days after police searched his Herndon home and found hallucinogenic mushrooms and a shotgun. During the appearance he refused to answer the judge's questions, and was subsequently ordered to remain in jail.

The Iraq war veteran was arrested after a video surfaced showing him loading a shotgun while in a D.C. plaza on Independence Day; carrying guns in D.C. is illegal. On the video he called on supporters to join him for a march on July 4, 2014 for what he claimed would be the "next American Revolution."

In May, Kokesh called on gun owners to march on D.C., though he called the event off after D.C. officials said he would risk arrest. He has tangled with police before—he was recently arrested by U.S. Park Police for smoking marijuana during a protest, and was detained in 2011 for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial.

Kokesh will next appear before a judge on October 2.

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