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Gun rights activist Adam Kokesh sentenced to "time served"

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WASHINGTON -
The man who briefly displayed (and loaded) a shotgun in D.C.  on the Fourth of July, was today sentenced to "time served" plus two years probation.

Prosecutors had asked for about eight more months of jail time beyond the 103 days Adam Kokesh has already spent behind bars.  But the judge said "no" to that request.

Not only did Kokesh load a shotgun, in contravention of D.C.'s weapons laws, he also pumped a cartridge into the weapon's firing chamber, and posted a video of his actions online.

In the video, as Kokesh places several shells into the shotgun, he  says aloud, "We will not be silent.  We will not obey.  We will not allow our government to destroy our humanity."

The shotgun and shells were real, and they resulted in three serious weapons charges against activist Adam Kokesh, who subsequently spent three and a half months in jail and faced the potential of years more at sentencing.

Outside the D.C. courthouse, reporters asked Kokesh, "WHY?  WHY DO YOU DO THIS?  Well, I believe that self defense is a civil right.  And if we don't stand up for our rights, they're going to keep going away."

In court, Kokesh apologized, accepted responsibility, and asked for mercy. 

Superior Court Judge Patricia Broderick noted that Kokesh has complied with release conditions, and she sentenced the former Marine to "time served" plus two years of probation.

Kokesh told us he will comply with any court or statutory requirements which may forbid him from owning or handling weapons.  But Kokesh says he will remain an advocate for a movement he describes as "voluntaryism".

"I'd like to see a world free of force, fraud, and coersion," Kokesh declared during an interview.  "I'd like to see a voluntary, stateless society where all human relationships are voluntary, based on peace and mutual cooperation."  STATELESS?  NO GOVERNMENT?  Government is coercion.  Government is force." 

Adam Kokesh refers to taxes as "theft", and doesn't want the government involved in even (what most people would consider to be) basic services such as road construction or traffic enforcement.

31-year-old Adam Kokesh says he will move to California (where he has family), and continue his activism there.

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