McCloskey’s Record Expunged After Four Year Legal Battle

In a significant victory for gun owners and supporters of the Second Amendment, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who became national symbols of self-defense during the 2020 protests, have had their convictions expunged. This decision not only clears their names but also reinforces the fundamental right to protect oneself and one’s property.

In June 2020, the McCloskeys made headlines when they stood armed outside their home, confronting a group of protesters who had entered their private gated community. Fearing for their safety, they brandished an AR-15 rifle and a handgun, an act that was captured in widely circulated images and videos. The incident sparked a nationwide debate over self-defense and property rights.

Despite their claim of self-defense, the McCloskeys were charged with unlawful use of a weapon, a felony offense. The media quickly polarized the incident, with mainstream outlets often portraying the couple negatively. However, many gun owners and Second Amendment advocates saw the McCloskeys as defenders of their home and rights.

The McCloskeys initially pled guilty to misdemeanor charges to avoid the risk of harsher penalties. Mark McCloskey was fined $750, and Patricia McCloskey was fined $2,000. In August 2021, Missouri Governor Mike Parson pardoned the couple, recognizing their right to self-defense. This pardon was a crucial step, but the McCloskeys sought full vindication through the legal system.

Their efforts were rewarded when a judge recently ordered their convictions expunged, effectively erasing the charges from their records. This legal victory underscores the importance of the right to self-defense and the necessity of standing up against prosecutorial overreach.

Despite their legal victory, the McCloskeys’ firearms, which were confiscated during the incident, have not yet been returned. The couple is actively demanding the return of their guns, which symbolize their right to defend their home. The delay in returning their firearms highlights the ongoing challenges that law-abiding gun owners face even after being legally vindicated.

The McCloskey case is a reminder of the ongoing battle for gun rights in America. It emphasizes the importance of standing strong in the face of adversity and the critical role of legal protections in protecting our rights. Mark and Patricia McCloskey’s experience underscores the fundamental right to self-defense and the importance of being prepared to protect oneself and one’s property.

One response to “McCloskey’s Record Expunged After Four Year Legal Battle”

  1. Libra Avatar

    What a shame to put those 2 people through a trial for defending their home and lives. I read that the pistol she was holding could not have even been fired as it had been disabled in order to use it as evidence in a trial. The thugs who broke through the gate into their gated private community were verbally threatening their lives and threatening to burn down their home. as they rampaged through the community. Something is terribly wrong and imperfect in our judicial system when thugs can rampage and worse and innocents have to deal with legalities used against them for defending their lives and home.

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