St. Louis couple makes first appearance in felony gun case
A week after making an appearance at the Republican National Convention and warning that families “will not be safe in the radical Democrats’ America,” Mark and Patty McCloskey appeared in a Missouri court yesterday for unlawful use of a weapon, a felony. The McCloskeys had been accosted at home by BLM protesters in St. Louis.
The couple entered no plea and the court continued the case until October.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner, a Democrat, whose election has been bankrolled by billionaire progressive George Soros, has said that BLM protesters’ right to protest under the First Amendment outweighs all other rights in the case and that the McCloskeys committed a crime by showing guns on their property to BLM trespassers.
“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner at those participating in nonviolent protest, and while we are fortunate this situation did not escalate into deadly force, this type of conduct is unacceptable in St. Louis,” said Gardner, according to the St. Louis Post- Dispatch.
The McCloskeys were videoed after BLM protesters accosted them in their home, knocking down an iron gate and ignoring a “no trespassing” sign that was posted on the private property.
“Mark McCloskey came out with a semi-automatic rifle and his wife emerged with a semi-automatic handgun,” says ABC News. “No shots were fired. Missouri law allows homeowners to use force, even lethal force, to defend their homes.”
The protesters contend that they were mostly peaceful.
The McCloskeys’ lawyer says that he is looking forward to getting the case in front of a jury, believing that no jury will convict the couple for the charges Gardner is seeking.
“We are simply anxious to remove all the noise from this case, move the case forward, and have the facts heard by a jury and let the jury decide whether or not the McCloskeys committed any felony offenses because we are convinced with absolute certainty that there was no felony committed here,” said Joel Schwartz, the McCloskeys’ attorney.
Missouri Attorney General, Eric Schmitt, is seeking to have the charges dropped, saying the right to keep and bear arms and the Castle Doctrine are cornerstones of American constitutional law.
“As Missouri’s Chief law enforcement officer,” said Schmitt in a brief filed in the case according to KSDK, “I won’t stand by while Missouri law is being ignored – that’s why I entered this case to seek its dismissal, to protect the rights of Missourians to defend their property under Missouri’s Castle Doctrine.”
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has said that if the McCloskeys are convicted, he is open to issuing a pardon on the case.
“If you had a mob coming toward us, whether they tore down a gate or not, when they come on your property, they don’t have a right to do that in an aggressive manner,” Parson said.
PHOTO: AP Photo
Scroll down to comment!