Activist Plans Armed July 4 March on DC

Cops say armed marchers won't be allowed into district

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 8, 2013 1:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh is planning an armed march on Washington—not as a War of 1812 re-enactment, but as a move to "put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny." The radio host wants supporters to carry loaded rifles into DC and past the White House on July 4, but carrying a loaded firearm is illegal in the capital, and police warn that they will meet the march at the Arlington Memorial Bridge, the Washington Post reports.

"If you’re coming here to protest government policy, great," says DC's police chief. "If you’re coming here to break the law, we’ll take action." Kokesh—a former Marine who protested the Iraq war—wants the capital to grant the march an exemption to the law, but says the march will turn back peacefully if it encounters physical resistance. More than 2,600 people have joined the march's Facebook page and Kokesh says he is aiming for 10,000 participants.

The marchers won't be allowed to cross the Memorial Bridge with loaded firearms, police say.
The marchers won't be allowed to cross the Memorial Bridge with loaded firearms, police say.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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