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‘Unprecedented’: Missouri Lawyer Says Political Posturing Is To Blame For St. Louis Couple’s Gun Seizure

  • A Missouri attorney said political posturing was the reason the St. Louis couple who were seen on video defending their home with firearms had their weapons seized with charges looming.   
  • The pair had both of their firearms seized without being in front of a judge, despite Missouri not having a red flag law. St. Louis Police dodged questions about the legality of the confiscation.  
  • The Missouri attorney said the pair has an “open and shut self defense claim,” and the actions by the local court have drawn the attention of gun rights organizations and government top brass, including President Donald Trump.

A Missouri attorney said political posturing is the reason that the St. Louis couple who went viral for defending their mansion with guns had their firearms seized with charges looming.

Attorney Kevin Jamison, author of the book Missouri Weapons and Self-Defense Law, said the case against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the duo that has become well-known for warding off protesters with an M16A2-style rifle and handgun, is “weak to say the least.” Jamison suspects political bias to have played a role in the circuit attorney’s decision to seize the McCloskey guns and ponder charges, he told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview.

“The prosecutor has a lot of latitude in filing charges, but I think she’s here just to posture for her political base,” Jamison told the DCNF. “We have a legal system that is operated by people, and people bring their prejudices with them when they come to work.”

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner issued the order for police to confiscate the couple’s guns, despite not yet filing charges on either one of them, St. Louis Police told the DCNF in an email. Officers left the McCloskey home with the rifle on July 10 and later retrieved the handgun, which was given to the family’s former lawyer, according to 5 On Your Side.

Gardner was quick to react to video of the incident on Twitter shortly after it became public, calling the McCloskey’s behavior a “violent assault” that the city “will not tolerate.”

Official charges have not yet been filed against the pair, but Mark McCloskey said “the rumor is that we are going to be indicted shortly,” in a Tuesday appearance on Fox News.

Red flag laws allow local police to confiscate guns without filing charges if someone is deemed a threat to themselves or others; however, Missouri doesn’t have a red flag law. The DCNF asked St. Louis police which law they used to justify the warrant, but they deferred to the circuit court who didn’t respond to the DCNF’s request.

“It just seems like they’re harassing these people,” Jamison told the DCNF.

St. Louis police told the DCNF that the McCloskey’s called 911 for help the day of the incident to report multiple individuals busting down a private gate and forcing entry into their private community. The record of the 911 call lists the incident as a trespassing and 4th degree intimidation, according to emails, but St. Louis police would not say if any demonstrators were arrested.

“[They said] that they were going to kill us,” Patricia McCloskey told Fox News. “They were going to come in there. They were going to burn down the house.”

Jamison, who has over 30 years of law experience, can only cite one other case from memory where the person who dialed 911 wasn’t considered the victim in the eyes of the law.

“The first person to call 911 is almost always the victim,” Jamison said. “It is unprecedented for the first person to call 911 being arrested and harassed in this manner.”

The Gun Owners of America, a prominent pro-Second Amendment group, slammed Gardner for her decision to confiscate the couple’s guns.

“The circuit attorney in St. Louis, Kim Gardner (D), has demonstrated her disrespect for gun owners, the Second Amendment and the basic human right to armed self-defense by confiscating Mark McCloskey’s AR-15,” GOA Senior Vice President Erich Pratt said in a statement given to the DCNF.

Moms Demand Action, an anti-gun organization, said on Twitter that the “armed intimidation” displayed by the couple “has no place in our society.”

Twelve GOP lawmakers wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr last week urging the federal government to uphold the firearms rights of the McCloskeys after news broke of the gun confiscation, according to Fox News.

Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley on Thursday also wrote to Barr calling the actions of Gardner an “unacceptable abuse of power and threat to the Second Amendment,” according to a separate Fox report.

President Donald Trump has expressed interest in intervening on behalf of the couple, said Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, according to Business Insider.

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  1. If you start pointing guns at nonthreatening citizens, you lose your right to bare arms. This isn’t political, it’s common sense and the #1 rule when owning a firearm. Don’t be stupid, stupid. Protesting isn’t threatening nor illegal.

  2. Whoever is the police officer who carried out this politically motivated illegal order, you have failed to uphold the constitutional oath you took and maybe police defunding is appropriate for dirty cops like you! I have always supported police in general, but now I wonder. When they become political hacks at the expense of our constitutional rights, they need to be removed.

  3. Peaceful protests are no longer peaceful (nor “nonthreatening”) when evidence indicates destruction of private property, imminent threats of physical violence by a mob yelling and chanting said threats to commit great bodily harm or death (we’ll burn you to the ground, or we’ll kill you) while on or in someone’s (victims’) private property merits a lawful response to criminal trespass.
    No, I don’t agree with the photographs of the woman with her finger on the trigger; but scared people who fear for their physical life don’t always do the right thing the right way.
    As for the incident not being “political”, it is political when property is seized, especially a firearm, leading to the denial of self-defense (especially when police do not respond to calls) as provided for by the Constitution (right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) and the Bill of Rights (specifically the Second Amendment), is a political denial by an elected attorney (funded by Soros), when criminal charges have not been filed (thereby calling the Fourth and especially the Fifth Amendments into play) – and when state laws permits such force deemed necessary to protect self and property, again, as permitted by law.

  4. You can point a gun anywhere you want. You just can’t kill someone without a good reason. I pack heat every place I visit. You never know when you need to save the day and all the other yellow pinko commie democrats is just sitting on their hands while some so called protestor who has been brainwashed into marxism with all the other anitifa and BLM monkey tear down society. I think these two should have statues made of them for protecting all of our freedoms from these commie scum instead of having charges brought upon themselves. The ought to have shot a couple of the people. If I cant shoot person on my own front lawn then there is no second amendment and China has won. Ted Cruz is right we just going to turn into Hong Kong if we don’t stand up. Down with democrats and marxist BLM and antifa and all of it. We have to protect our way of life from them who want to tear it all down.

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