The St. Louis armed couple who brandished weapons during a protest against Black Lives Matter have received at least 50 offers to replace the AR-15 seized by police.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey’s lawyer, Joel Schwartz said Forbes a Missouri gun store was one of those who made the offers, kindly refuting them.
The couple, who are personal injury attorneys, were caught on video guns as protesters walked past their Renaissance palazzo-style house on June 28 while protesting outside the mayor’s home nearby.
Authorities issued a search warrant on Friday evening, and the 61-year-old gun Mark McCloskey held in the video was confiscated. “They brought my AR. I’m absolutely surprised at this, ”said McCloskey.
Attorney Schwartz said arrangements have been made to hand over the gun to 63-year-old Patricia McCloskey to authorities on Saturday, adding that her gun was and still is unusable at the time of the protest.
Schwartz admitted that Forbes ‘charges are more likely than two days ago.’
Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a husband and wife personal injury attorney, on June 28
Patricia McCloskey, left, works with her husband Mark, right, as an injury lawyer
Weapon store Alien Armory Tactical wrote on Facebook: ‘Come to the couple who received this order, visit our store and we will be happy to provide you with a brand new ar15 (FREE).
We are happy to help you with a replacement for you to protect your private property for FREE! We will also help you with FREE firearms training, so if anything should happen, you are better prepared. ‘
The couple, who have filed a series of lawsuits against people, including their own family, for 25 years have not been charged. Schwartz added that allegations against them would be “absolutely, positively undeserved.”
“A search warrant being executed is a clear indication of the attorney’s intentions. Other than that I can’t comment, ”said Schwartz.
The protesters were on their way to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house to demand her resignation after revealing the names and addresses of residents who had proposed firing the police.
They had made their way to the gated community where the McCloskeys live.
Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, the highest prosecutor in St. Louis, made a statement after the June 28 incident saying she was “alarmed” by what had happened.
Gardner added that “any attempt to chill (the right to protest peacefully) will not be tolerated by intimidation or threats of lethal violence.”
Schwartz said that under Missouri law, people with reasonable fear or anxiety have the right to take necessary steps to defend themselves.
“In this particular situation, people not only violate the law and violate private property, but also committed property damage,” said Schwartz, adding that a company in St. on the confrontation.
Photos of the couple standing outside their palatial building armed with an AR-15 and a gun were circulated around the world in late June
Meanwhile, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Saturday that public records and interviews indicate that the McCloskeys are almost always in conflict with others, usually over control of private property.
They filed a lawsuit in 1988 to build their home, a castle built in the early 20th century, for the daughter of Adolphus Busch and her husband.
On the McCloskeys, Franklin County property, they have sued neighbors for making changes to a dirt road and have driven tenants out of a modular home on their property twice.
Mark McCloskey sued a former employer for wrongful termination and his sister, father and his father’s caregiver for defamation.
The country’s triangle adjacent to the McCloskey House was the source of a long dispute
The McCloskeys and administrators of Portland Place, the small private street in a historic St. Louis neighborhood where they live, have been involved in a three-year legal dispute over a small area of land nearby.
The couple claims to own it, but the administrators say it belongs to the neighborhood.
Mark McCloskey said in an affidavit that he previously defended the patch by aiming a gun at a neighbor who tried to cut through it.