Democratic St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner made headlines this week as she successfully brought a felony gun charge against the McCloskey’s, who brandished their legally-owned firearms in front of their house to deter a large mob of protesters from potentially attacking them or damaging their home.
Both Mark and his wife Patricia McCloskey have officially been charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon, which means potential fines and jail time if convicted. But the couple, who both happen to be personal injury lawyers, have a lot of political power in their corner.
According to Fox News on Tuesday, the Missouri Attorney General is just the latest heavy-hitter to step in and fight for the McCloskey’s. AG Eric Schmitt immediately filed briefs to get the charges against the St. Louis couple dropped.
In a statement to a local media outlet, Schmitt cited Missouri’s strong “Castle Doctrine” as one of the primary reasons why the McCloskey’s were well within their rights to defend their home — especially given the fact that not a single shot was fired.
“The right to keep and bear arms is given the highest level of protection in our constitution and our laws, including the Castle Doctrine, which provides broad rights to Missourians who are protecting their property and lives from those who wish to do them harm,” Schmitt wrote.
“Despite this, Circuit Attorney Gardner filed suit against the McCloskeys, who, according to published reports, were defending their property and safety. As Missouri’s Chief law enforcement officer, I won’t stand by while Missouri law is being ignored,” he added.
.@Eric_Schmitt has set the standard for Attorneys General across the nation.
Missourians should be proud of their AG today. https://t.co/9Hfv6S81PH
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) July 21, 2020
Not only is Schmitt working to make sure the McCloskey’s aren’t unfairly punished for a crime they didn’t commit, but Missouri Gov. Mike Parson recently told a St. Louis radio talk show that he would “likely” pardon the couple, should the felony charges stick.
Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley also recently took a stand for the couple, requesting that U.S. Attorney General Bill Bar open a civil rights investigation into Gardner.
President Donald Trump has even weighed in on the matter, stressing that the McCloskey’s were well within their rights to defend their home against the approaching mob of protesters.