Missouri couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey who flashed guns at protesters want their firearms returned.
In St. Louis, firearms taken months ago from a couple who made headlines by flashing the rifles at anti-racial injustice protestors have not been destroyed yet, and the couple is seeking to get their hands on the weapons again.
The weapons taken from Mark and Patricia McCloskey in 2020 have not been disposed of by the City Counselor’s Office, Robert Dierker told a court in a virtual hearing on Wednesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“It’s obvious that with our customary efficiency, we should have destroyed the weapons months ago. We haven’t,” Dierker said. “It appears that McCloskey has benefited from bureaucratic incompetence. In any case, it’s fortuitous that the weapons are still around,” Dierker added.
When George Floyd died in Minneapolis and demonstrations erupted throughout the world, the McCloskeys said they felt threatened by the protestors who came onto their private street. Both Mark and Patricia McCloskey were armed with guns as they emerged from their homes.
The couple’s altercation was documented in photographs and videos taken by bystanders, drawing global attention and transforming them into both heroes and villains, depending on your perspective. There were no shots fired and there were no injuries.
In June, the McCloskeys pled guilty to crimes stemming from their use of guns. For good measure, they handed up their firearms. Pardons were issued weeks later by Republican Governor Mike Parson.
Mark McCloskey, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate filed a lawsuit against St. Louis, the city sheriff and the state to reclaim the firearms. “The state no longer has any legitimate motive to keep the property,” McCloskey said. “The loss of that property would surely be a legal disqualification, barrier or other legal disadvantage,” he added.
According to the City Counselor’s Office, Parson’s pardon erased the conviction but not the plea deal under which McCloskey lost the firearms.
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