The City of St. Louis did not destroy the guns confiscated months ago by a couple who made headlines for distributing weapons to racist unjust protesters, and the couple is trying to turn them away.
Robert Dierker of the City Counsel Office told a judge during Wednesday's hearing that the guns seized in 2020 from Mark and Patricia McCloskey had not been discarded, reports St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"Obviously by our normal operation, we should have destroyed (weapons) in recent months," Dierker said. “We did not. So McCloskey is a bureaucratic winner, I want to say, nonsense. But in any case, it is fortunate that the weapons are still there. ”
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The McCloskeys, both lawyers in their 60s, said they felt intimidated by protesters entering their private street during international protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Mark McCloskey emerged from his home with an AR-15 pistol, while Patricia McCloskey held up a revolver.
Photos and videos of cell phones captured the controversy, which attracted the attention of many and made the couple heroes to some and criminals to others. No shots were fired, and no one was injured.
The use of weapons led to charges and both McCloskey pleaded guilty in June. As part of the application, they voluntarily donated guns. The Republican government Mike Parson granted amnesty weeks later.
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Mark McCloskey, who is running for U.S. Senate as a member of the Republic, has sued St. Louis, city and county administrator to return firearms. He said during a trial on Wednesday that parole granted the couple the right to a refund.
"The loss of that property will certainly be a legal withdrawal, a hindrance or other legal malpractice, which I have now been pardoned by the governor, so the state no longer has a valid reason to hold the position," McCloskey said.
The City Counsel's Office argues that Parson's pardon ended the sentence, but not the confession agreement in which McCloskey confiscated the guns.
District Judge Joan Moriarty took the case under counsel.