Mark McCloskey cites governor's pardon in lawsuit to get guns back

Mark McCloskey cites governor's pardon in lawsuit to get guns back

8/6/2021 5:20:00 AM

Mark McCloskey cites governor's pardon in lawsuit to get guns back

The St. Louis man who was caught on video waving a firearm at Black Lives Matter demonstrators along with his wife outside their home is suing to have the guns returned days after a pardon granted to the couple was made public.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey draw their firearms on protestors as they enter their St. Louis neighborhood during a protest against then-Mayor Lyda Krewson in June 2020. Citing the pardon granted to him and his wife, Mark McCloskey is suing to get the guns back after they were seize last year.

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(DANIEL SHULAR/via REUTERS)"Now that the governor has pardoned us and those judgments are annulled the state should have no legitimate reason to have our guns," McCloskey told Fox News, saying the city was planning to melt the weapons."It doesn't do me much good to have a couple of pounds of melted aluminum. I want my guns back."

McCloskey pleaded guilty in June to fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and was ordered to pay a $750 fine. His wife, Patricia McCloskey, pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment, also a misdemeanor, and was issued a $2,000 fine.Mark McCloskey is also seeking to be reimbursed for all fines paid. A full pardon doesn't remove a conviction but removes all"punitive collateral consequence stemming from the conviction without conditions or restrictions," according to the Missouri Department of Corrections website.

McCloskey, who has owned the rifle since 1989, said the gun seizure was part of a"politically-motivated" move by the office ofSt. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner.  Read more: Fox News »

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