Gun Rights Activist Arrested With Magic Mushrooms

By Mei Schultz 07/10/13

Iraq War vet Adam Kokesh is charged with possession of drugs and an unlicensed gun after an "armed raid" of his home.

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Libertarian gun rights activist and Iraq War veteran Adam Kokesh was arrested in his Northern Virginia home last night and charged with possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms and an unlicensed firearm. More than 20 armored SWAT team members surrounded his house and used a battering ram to break through the front door, then detonated a flash-grenade in the foyer, according to his five roommates. The 31-year-old former Marine was held overnight in prison; if convicted for both the drugs and the firearm, he could face at least twelve years in prison. “We were expecting this. We were expecting the government to raid our house,” his roommate, Darrell Young, told reporters. This past July 4th, Kokesh posted a YouTube video of himself loading a weapon in the Freedom Plaza in DC, where carrying a loaded weapon—concealed or unconcealed—is illegal. “We will not be silent," he says in the video. "We will not obey. We will not allow our government to destroy our humanity. We are the final American Revolution. See you next Independence Day.”

Kokesh, who was deployed to Iraq from 1999 to 2004, has been actively involved in protesting the Iraq War and advocating for freedom of speech and the right to carry guns. He has been arrested numerous times for civil disobedience, including in 2011 when he staged a silent flash mob on the Jefferson memorial to protest a ruling against dancing on the monument. He had initially had planned an armed “Open Carry March” into DC on July 4th, in which participants would carry loaded guns from Arlington to Washington, but he opted for the YouTube video after police said they would crack down on the march. A statement posted on Kokesh’s website Wednesday morning suggests his recent arrest has not quelled his activism. “We will continue to spread the message of liberty, self ownership, and the non-aggression principle regardless of the government’s relentless attacks on our operation," he writes. "We will continue to combat its desperate attempts to crush a worldwide, revolutionary shift in the people’s understanding of the state’s illegitimacy—after all, good ideas don’t require force.”

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Mei Schultz is a copy editor, journalist and uUndergraduate Research Assistant at Columbia University Medical Center. You can find her on Linkedin.