[Developing] Gun rights activists armed protest at Spokane courthouse

Gun rights activists march on courthouse

Gun rights activists are holding an armed protest outside Spokane’s federal courthouse Friday morning in response to an incident last week where Anthony Bosworth showed up at the courthouse carrying an AK-style rifle.

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Gun rights activists from across the nation have announced their intentions to demonstrate in front of the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse today in support of an Iraq War veteran arrested for possessing an assault rifle there about a week ago.

Anthony Bosworth was taken into custody and has told conservative talk radio stations he was held for several hours Feb. 25. A video of the encounter, posted on YouTube, shows federal agents confiscating Bosworth’s AK-47 rifle and 9mm sidearm. Bosworth, part of a group that protested Washington’s new background check law at a rally in Olympia earlier this year, was cited and released.

U.S. District Attorney for Eastern Washington Mike Ormsby said Thursday that Bosworth was cited for failing to comply with the directions of federal police officers. The infraction is a misdemeanor.

In advance of Friday’s planned protest, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern Washington issued a news release today notifying the public about a recent rule change on courthouse property. A general order, signed by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson on Monday, extends a firearms ban at the courthouse to the grounds surrounding the courthouse and adjacent U.S. Post Office.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich came to the scene after Bosworth was arrested to help prevent the situation from getting out of hand, he said.

Knezovich said he won’t be in attendance today. He said the Spokane Police Department and federal officials have contingency plans in place.

Bosworth has said in subsequent interviews he was taking part in a rally at the courthouse to protest the Justice Department’s firearms charges against marijuana growers, the Kettle Falls Five, whose trial ended Tuesday. The jury acquitted the three remaining defendants in the case of four of five charges, including the firearms charge.

Bosworth, a former candidate for Yakima County sheriff, and his group, Liberty for All, have announced the rally will last from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Protesters have stated they want federal authorities to return Bosworth’s guns.


Gun rights activists plan protest at Spokane courthouse

 Anthony Bosworth arrest
SPOKANE, Wash. –Gun rights activists have planned an armed protest outside Spokane’s federal courthouse Friday morning.The rally is in response to an incident last week, in which Anthony Bosworth showed up at the courthouse carrying an AK-47 rifle. Bosworth says he was just exercising his rights, but Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Marshals told him he was not allowed to bring guns onto federal property. After a brief discussion Bosworth was arrested.

Bosworth claims there are no clear boundaries, and says he will continue to defend the constitution.

Gun activists, militia members, tea partiers and the so-called “three percenters” are all expected to attend the protest. It is set to begin Friday morning at 11 o’clock.

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