Tue. Mar 28th, 2023
A St. Louis couple who gained international attention when they displayed their legally owned guns outside their home during a racial injustice protest in 2020 cannot get those guns returned.
That’s the ruling of a judge in the case of Mark and Patricia McCloskey.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the couple – both of whom are lawyers – filed a lawsuit last year asking for an AR-15 rifle and a pistol back, which they agreed to surrender when they pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from the confrontation.
Governor Mike Parson pardoned the McCloskeys in 2021.
St. Louis Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty says the pardon has no bearing on the plea deal and the McCloskeys are still required to follow through with their end of the bargain.
Mark McCloskey – who later staged an unsuccessful run for the U S Senate – says they plan to appeal the ruling.