Following their first arrests in 2020, the couple’s firearms used in the standoff were confiscated.
Despite having their firearms seized and pleading guilty to charges of aiming guns at Black Lives Matter protesters who tore down an iron gate and disobeyed a “No Trespassing” sign on their private lane, Mark and Patricia McCloskey seemed defiant on Saturday, tweeting a photo of a new AR-15 the St. Louis couple plans to purchase.
— Mark McCloskey (@mccloskeyusa) June 19, 2021
“Checking out my new AR!” Mark McCloskey shared two photos on Twitter: one of him with the proprietor of a gun store and another of him and his wife, Patricia. He is clutching an AR-15 weapon in both photos.
To resolve the matter arising from the high-profile confrontation last year, Mark McCloskey pled guilty to fourth-degree assault and was fined $750. In contrast, his wife, Patricia, pleaded guilty to harassment and was fined $2,000. The pair said they felt intimidated and armed themselves before going outside to scare the violent mob away.
Outside the courthouse, a defiant Mark McCloskey, a lawyer running for Congress, declared, “I’d do it again. Whenever the mob comes near me, I’ll do all I can to put them in danger of bodily harm since that’s what prevented them from destroying my home and family.”
He will be able to maintain his legal license because both charges are misdemeanors. The McCloskeys were ordered to surrender the weapons they used in the June 28 incident, but they can retain other firearms.
Although no one was hurt and no bullets were fired, the couple was arrested due to the incident.
After the couple’s initial arrests in 2020, the firearms they used in the standoff were confiscated and discarded. The McCloskeys, on the other hand, are not barred from acquiring new guns.
“We’re strong advocates of the Second Amendment and we’re going to continue to exercise our rights and protect ourselves,” McCloskey told Fox News on Sunday, June 20. “We intend to keep our arms and bear them. We’re a constitutional carry state. I will replace those (guns) which the state took.”
The Twitter message drew “hundreds” of favorable responses, according to McCloskey. He expects to get his new weapon on the same day.