THE ST. Louis couple who made national headlines over the summer for pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters were indicted on firearm and tampering charges on Tuesday.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey each face two counts of exhibiting a weapon and tampering with evidence, KSDK reported.
The couple were photographed and recorded on June 28 outside their mansion in the West Central End as Black Lives Matter protesters marched by.
Mark McCloskey held a semi-automatic rifle while his wife brandished a pistol.
A grand jury found probable cause on two counts, including tampering of Patricia McCloskey’s pistol which she handed over to police in July.
On Tuesday while departing Carnahan Courthouse after a brief hearing, Mark McCloskey blamed the “leftist, Democrat government of the city of St. Louis" for the charges and claimed that they were “doing no more than exercising our Second Amendment rights.”
“We didn't fire a shot. People were violently protesting in front of our house and screaming death threats and threats of rape and threats of arson. Nobody gets charged but we get charged,” Mark McCloskey said.
“The government chooses to persecute us for doing no more than exercising our right to defend ourselves, our home, our property and our family and now we're getting [dragged] here time after time after time and for what?”
Mark McCloskey added that he and his wife—both lawyers—were charged with felonies that could jeopardize their licenses to practice law, and that they could face four years of punishment.
The McCloskeys’ lawyer, Joel Schwartz, said he did not get any information on the specifics or basis of the tampering charge.
Schwartz told NBC News that the charges were “baseless” and that the couple would deal with them.
"I am not surprised that the grand jury indicted them but I'll certainly be interested in what was presented to the grand jury," Schwartz told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
In July, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner charged the McCloskeys with felony unlawful use of a weapon because they waved guns “in a threatening mater at those participating in a nonviolent protest.”
The McCloskeys claimed that protesters broke a gate of their home, but Black Lives Matter members said they were merely passing by.
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