SPOKANE, Wash. - US Marshals arrested a man carrying an AK-style rifle at the entrance to the Federal courthouse Wednesday morning.
Anthony Bosworth, who walked onto federal property with the rifle slung across his back, told a security officer with Department of Homeland Security he wasn't there to achieve anything; he claimed he was there to exercise his rights. When the DHS officer asked him if he was making some sort of 2nd Amendment statement he said he was actually there exercising his 10th Amendment rights.
As Bosworth and the DHS officer talked for several moments, a US Marshal approached them and brought an end to the discussion.
"This is federal property, you can't bring guns here, if you don't leave we will arrest you. It's that simple. You're not protesting you are violating the law," the Marshal said.
Shortly after that Bosworth is taken into custody by the Marshal, while the woman who was with him backed up onto public property on the sidewalk.
"They said that I was illegally trespassing on federal land with a firearm," Bosworth said. "They quoted the law, they actually misquoted the law, saying that I was illegally on federal property, when the law they quoted states I must be in the facility, in the building, which I corrected them on."
That law in question is Title 18 U.S. Code 930 regarding "Possession of Firearms and Dangerous Weapons in Federal Facilities. It defines a federal facility as "a building or part thereof owned or leased by the Federal Government, where Federal employees are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties."
Bosworth said there were no clear boundaries, and he should be allowed outside the steps of the courthouse. But the authorities didn't agree.
"We were complying, we were proceeding to head towards what we thought was state land, federal land, the border there," Bosworth explained. "We still hadn't gotten clearance from them which was which, then that's when they placed me under arrest and took me in."
Members of the Patrick Henry Society say Bosworth was a co-organizer of the "I Will Not Comply" rally and the "Our Capitol, Our Rights" rally. He is also said to be one of the leaders of Liberty For All.
Bosworth said he was questioned by the FBI, but was not charged with anything. His guns were not immediately returned to him, but he was confident he would get them back soon. He said he plans to run for Sheriff in Yakima, where he lives, on this platform of citizen rights.Bosworth Arrest