On January 6, the judge allows the defendant Jon Mott to have weapons for hunting

On January 6, 2021, Jon Mott was one of the many pro-Trump rioters who broke into the Capitol’s Rotunda, according to prosecutors. Four months later, he was arrested after federal investigators said they received tips and social media posts pointing to his involvement in the rebellion.

Since then have 39-year-old man from Arkansas has pleaded not guilty and has been released to await trial. Under the terms of his release, Mott was barred from possessing any weapons, court records show.

Last week, however, Mott’s lawyers asked a federal judge to grant him a special request: permission to go hunting.

“For most of his life, [Mott] has participated in the conservation efforts of wildlife management by engaging in subsistence hunting,” Mott’s attorney, Joseph W. Allen, wrote in a motion Friday.

Allen, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post, wrote that allowing Mott to hunt would save him $5,000 in grocery bills — a welcome cut given that food prices have risen 11.4 percent in during the past year. According to Allen’s motion, Mott — who has never had any firearms-related charges — legally owns “several firearms that he has previously used for subsistence hunting.”

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth granted the request — with one caveat. While Mott will now be allowed to use firearms for hunting, he cannot store weapons or ammunition inside his home or workplace, Lamberth’s order states.

Before, during, after: The attack

Court records detail the case prosecutors have built so far against Mott, who is charged with entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct in a restricted building and two counts of forcible entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Just one day after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the capitol where Congress confirmed Joe Biden’s election victory, an unnamed tipster sent FBI screenshots linking Mott and an associate to the siege, according to a criminal complaint. In one, Mott’s unnamed partner allegedly wrote on Facebook: “I’m fine. We did it. [Mott] and I was separated for about 20 minutes, but I have contacted him. He is better than ok. I’m trying to get us out of here now. Good job patriots.”

Two days later, another tip came in showing a Facebook Live video of Mott’s friend saying the two had been at the Capitol, according to court records. Then, on Jan. 15, 2021, an additional witness showed agents photos and videos sent by Mott’s partner of the two pushing their way into the building, the complaint states.

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According to evidence analyzed by federal agents, Mott and his friend flew together to D.C. a day before the riot, court records add. They had tried to raise money for their trip through a GoFundMe page aimed at “protesting corruption in DC on January 6,” according to the complaint, though it’s unclear if the money was used to fund their trips.

Once in DC, Mott was reportedly part of the large group that forced its way into the Rotunda, the domed room at the heart of the Capitol. Police body camera footage showed him shoving an officer’s baton while yelling, “Don’t touch me. If you don’t touch me, I won’t touch you,” the complaint states.

Police radio communications synchronized with hours of footage show how failures in planning and preparation left the Capitol police at a serious disadvantage. (Video: The Washington Post)

In another video, authorities obtained from the New York-based news agency Freedom News, prosecutors say a puffy-eyed Mott is seen pouring water into another protester’s face — something the complaint claims is “indicative of recovery from tear gas or similar chemical irritant drug that was deployed by law enforcement on January 6, 2021 in an attempt to subdue rioters seeking entry to the Capitol.”

After gathering that information, federal agents surveilled Mott at his home and workplace in Arkansas and noticed the same distinctive ring finger tattoo he flashed in the footage, according to the complaint. The final step was to compare the evidence authorities had collected with Mott’s license plate record.

It was a struggle, prosecutors allege, and Mott was arrested in May 2021 in Arkansas.

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In all, officials have said more than 2,000 people could face charges for entering the Capitol or assaulting officers on Jan. 6. So far, over 900 people have been charged and nearly 400 have pleaded guilty.

Mott is not the first defendant on Jan. 6 to ask a judge for permission to access guns. In April, a Texas judge restored a convicted rioter’s right to possess firearms, citing the woman’s credible “fear for her safety.”

A month later, a Georgia defendant asked a judge if he could get back two of his confiscated guns — the reason, according to court records: to kill poisonous snakes on his property.

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