Adam Kokesh posted a video ostensibly showing him loading a shotgun and racking a round in the chamber in Freedom Plaza in Washington DC. According to the Washington Post, the US Park Police and the DC police aren’t happy about it and “are investigating the authenticity” of said video. If they decide it’s legit, they’ll most likely bring charges against him because as we all know “carrying a loaded weapon, concealed or unconcealed, is against the law in the District.” So is possession of a 30-round magazine, but I digress. If they do press charges he could face up to a year in prison for “possession of a firearm not registered in the District.” Of course, if his name was David Gregory and he worked for NBC, he’d automatically be in the clear and the DC Attorney General would be defending his First Amendment rights. Also on Thursday…
You would think with all the attention the Zimmerman trial is getting, the folks who go on patrols for neighborhood watch organizations and HOAs would think twice about brandishing firearms. Apparently Howard Fox didn’t get that memo. Thursday night a woman was sitting on a pier at an apartment complex in Orlando, Florida watching fireworks when Fox walked up to her and told her to leave because it was “after hours.” She said he then raised a weapon and pointed it at her. Fox, who told police he was chairman of the “Fine and Hearing Violations Committee” of the local HOA, was arrested for aggravated assault and openly carrying weapons. He claimed he was carrying the S&W Sigma and Glock (with short barrel rifle conversion) for “hunting small animals” around the complex. Maybe the Zimmerman defense team should try that approach. Or not.
Utah gun-rights advocates want to celebrate the state’s open carry law by running with guns. On September 12, there will be a 5K “Run 4 Guns” in Spanish Fork, Utah where participants are encouraged to carry their legally-owned firearms openly. They can also bring ammunition as long as the firearms are holstered or the ammo is in “unattached magazines.” In addition there will be a half-mile “armed dash.” Organizers want to donate proceeds from the event to a charity that supports gun victims but have yet to find one that isn’t an anti-gun organization. Good luck on that one.
Things aren’t going quite like Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon wants them to, according to the AP (via SFGate.com). In spite of her “encouragement” only four communities in her fair state have enacted restrictions on semi-automatic weapons in advance of the new concealed carry laws. So far, “14 communities have rejected or decided not to act on proposed bans” and 10 more “have yet to vote or have delayed consideration.” Meanwhile in Chicago, Rahm Emmanuel wants “a tougher city assault-weapons ban” that includes “weapons not included in the current ordinance and would ‘reflect advances’ in gun technology.” You know, since so many murders in Chiraq are committed with semi-automatic rifles and high-tech state-of-the-art firearms.
Meanwhile in Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon has nixed legislation that would have provided for federal gun law nullification, made it legal for teachers to carry firearms, and protected gun owners from having their private information published. He cited the wording of the section on federal nullification and restrictions on publishing gun owners’ information as his reason for his veto: “Under this bill, newspaper editors around the state that annually publish photos of proud young Missourians who harvest their first turkey or deer could be charged with a crime.” When the legislature reconvenes in September they’ll need a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate to override the veto.