The St. Louis, Missouri, husband and wife who displayed firearms in front of their home in late June to ward off what they believed to be a threatening mob of protesters are now facing felony charges stemming from the incident, according to the Washington Post.
Missouri’s Republican Gov. Mike Parson has already made it clear that he would consider issuing a pardon for Mark and Patricia McCloskey in what appears to be a blatantly partisan prosecution, Just The News reported.
Felony charges filed
Joel J. Schwartz, attorney for the McCloskeys, told Just The News on Monday, “The charges filed today against my clients, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, are disheartening as I unequivocally believe no crime was committed.”
“I, along with my clients, support the First Amendment right of every citizen to have their voice and opinion heard,” he added. “This right, however, must be balanced with the Second Amendment and Missouri law, which entitle each of us to protect our home and family from potential threats.”
The McCloskeys were hit with charges filed by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who accused the married couple of unlawfully “flourishing” their firearms at the supposedly peaceful protesters who were merely walking past their home.
The defendants, however, who live in a private gated neighborhood that the protesters had no right to enter, maintain that they were threatened repeatedly by the crowd and were justified in displaying their firearms in defense of their property.
Governor pledges pardon
Just The News noted that on Friday, prior to the filing of the charges, Gov. Parson suggested on a local radio show that he would consider issuing a pardon for the McCloskeys, as he believes the couple acted lawfully under Missouri law to protect themselves and their property.
“Right now, that’s what I feel,” the governor said. “You don’t know until you hear all the facts. But right now, if this is all about going after them for doing a lawful act, then yeah, if that scenario ever happened, I don’t think they’re going to spend any time in jail.”
Parson reiterated that message Monday night during an appearance on Fox News with host Sean Hannity, who asked if a pardon would be on the table, to which Parson replied, “Without a doubt, Sean” adding:
I will do everything within the Constitution of the State of Missouri to protect law-abiding citizens and those people are exactly that,” he added. “They are law-abiding citizens, and they’re being attacked frankly by a political process that’s really unfortunate.
State attorney general seeks dismissal
Meanwhile, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has now involved himself in what he described as a “political prosecution” of the McCloskeys by Gardner and has filed for a dismissal of the charges.
In a lengthy and informative thread on Twitter, Schmitt cited the U.S. and Missouri Constitutions, state statutes, and even English common law in his reasoning for why the right to keep and bear arms must be protected and that the McCloskeys were within their rights to do what they did when threatened by angry protestors.
The request for dismissal by the state’s top attorney, paired with the strong chance of a pardon if the case moves forward, makes it look as though the only real problem the McCloskeys will face is a public relations one, having been demonized by the media and unfairly targeted by the leftist mob.