Court throws out appeal of St. Louis couple who waved guns at BLM protesters 

The Missouri couple who pointed their guns at protesters in 2020 had their appeals case dismissed by the Supreme Court this week.

The Supreme Court declined this week to hear an appeal by Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a St. Louis couple who made headlines in 2020 for brandishing loaded guns and waving them at Black Lives Matter protesters in their neighborhood, leaving in place the sanctions on the couples’ gun licenses and the possible indefinite suspension of their law licenses if they commit any violations within one year of sentencing.

The McCloskeys became synonymous with gun rights activism when they pointed an assault-style rifle and a pistol at a crowd of racial justice protesters who were marching through the couples’ gated community in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. After the incident, Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and his wife, Patricia, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment.

The couple was pardoned by Republican Governor Mike Parson. An ethics commission filed a suit in February 2021 aiming to suspend the McCloskeys’ law licenses, and the court ruled in favor of the ethics panel. The Missouri Supreme Court ruled the couples’ actions were actions of “moral turpitude.” The couple then turned to the Supreme Court. 

After the appeal was thrown out by the court this week, McCloskey told The Hill, “I was hoping that they would find that a lawyer who’s had a clean and spotless record for 37 years of practicing – that sanctioning them for doing no more than defending themselves would be a concept that they would take seriously and take under submission. But I wasn’t surprised.”

Mark McCloskey announced last year he is running as a Missouri Republican in the 2022 US Senate race.




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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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