Mark and Patricia McCloskey Indicted

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The St. Louis couple who aimed guns at protesters in their gated community have been indicted on weapons and evidence-tampering charges.

Mark McCloskey, 61, and Patricia McCloskey, 63, both lawyers, said they were defending their community against trespassers in June as they marched past their home on the way to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s nearby home.

Defense attorney Joel Schwartz said he had not seen the indictment yet but thought the evidence-tampering count is related to Patricia McCloskey’s pistol.

“The gun didn’t function when Mrs. McCloskey had it,” he said, so “the only way to support charges against McCloskey is to say that [she and her husband] altered the firearm before it went to the police.”

Mark McCloskey maintains the protesters should have been charged.

“What you’re witnessing here in this case is just an opportunity for the government, the leftist Democrat government of the city of St. Louis, to persecute us for doing no more than exercising our Second Amendment rights,” he said.

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