Black Lives Matter Protesters Demand Weapons Back from Couple Who Pointed Guns at Couple

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After pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters, a St. Louis couple is asking to return their weapons. 

Pictures of Patricia McCloskey and Mark McCloskey quickly went viral following their guard duty outside their home in June 2020 when BLM protestors passed their home on a private road after George Floyd’s passing.

The couple claimed they felt threatened by the demonstrators, and that’s why Mark and Patricia were brandishing an AR-15-style rifle and a semi-automatic pistol.

The incident was not fatal, but the McCloskeys were accused of using weapons. They were both charged and pleaded guilty to misdemeanors. A few weeks later, Republican Governor Mike Parson pardoned the couple.

Mark McCloskey is running for the US Senate in Republican form. He later sued St. Louis and the state to recover the Colt AR-15 rifle from the city and the Bryco.380-caliber gun. The pardon meant that he could continue to use them.

McCloskey stated, in a virtual hearing, this week. ‘The loss of that property would certainly be a legal disqualification, impediment or other legal disadvantage, of which I have now been absolved by the governor, and therefore the state no longer has any legitimate reason to hold the property.’

McCloskey has also claimed that the pardons entitle the couple to a refund of the fines they paid in the aftermath of the incident, totalling $872.50, however the City Counselor’s Office argued that while the pardons removed the McCloskey’s convictions, they did not eradicate the plea agreement in which the couple forfeited the guns.

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The following is the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Dierker of the City Counselor’s Office commented, ‘We do not think he can demonstrate the right to immediate possession.’

Dierker, who also spoke at the hearing, said that the guns should be destroyed ‘months ago’They were, however, not. He continued, ‘So McCloskey’I’m a beneficiary bureaucratic, or should I say ineptitude. But in any event, it’s fortuitous that the weapons still exist.’

Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty placed the case on advisement. Meanwhile, Patricia McCloskey has sued the Circuit Attorney’s Office for the refund of $2,122.50 she paid in fines and court costs as part of her plea agreement. The suit against Patricia McCloskey is still pending.

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