Gun Activist Pleads Guilty to Weapons Charges

WASHINGTON — A gun-rights activist who posted a video of himself loading a shotgun in a downtown Washington plaza has pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges.

Thirty-one-year-old Adam Kokesh of Herndon, Va., pleaded guilty Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court to carrying a rifle or shotgun, possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. He also pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in a separate case.

Kokesh faces up to 7 years in prison on the gun charges.

Prosecutors say on the early morning of July 4, Kokesh went to the city’s Freedom Plaza and loaded four rounds of ammunition into the shotgun. He later posted a video on YouTube.

He had been in custody while awaiting trial and will be released pending sentencing in January.

Kokesh is a former Marine who planned an armed march in the District on Independence Day. More than 2,500 people RSVP’d to attend the event on Facebook.

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