Gun Activist Adam Kokesh Granted Bond

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Outspoken gun advocate Adam Kokesh was granted $5,000 bond Monday morning, according to multiple reports.

As part of his bond release Kokesh would be prohibited from possessing guns as he awaits trial in Fairfax County, according to WJLA. The 31-year-old Herndon resident is due back in court Oct. 2 for a preliminary hearing.

Kokesh, a former Marine who was arrested July 9 on drug and firearms charges, was being held without bond after he refused to speak at his arraignment Thursday.

Kokesh was wheelchair-bound and handcuffed when he refused to respond to questions or identify himself during the hearing at the Fairfax County Courthouse.

The libertarian is charged with possession of Schedule I and II drugs as well as possessing drugs while in possession of a firearm following a police raid of his Herndon home Tuesday night.

The raid on his home, led by U.S. Park Police, stemmed from a video he posted online of himself loading a shotgun on Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.

Possession of Schedule I and II drugs in Virginia is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $2,500 fine.

It is unclear whether federal authorities in Washington will charge Kokesh in connection to the gun loading video. Carrying a loaded firearm in the District is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The U.S. Park Police is handling that portion of the investigation.

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