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St. Louis couple charged with felony after brandishing guns during protests in neighborhood

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ST. LOUIS (WKOW/ABC)-- A St. Louis couple seen brandishing guns during civil rights demonstrations has been charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon.

In June, Mark and Patricia McCloskey made national headlines when they stood in front of their home and waved guns at protesters.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced charges against them, saying they could face an extra charge of fourth-degree assault.

The couple's attorney called the charges "disheartening" and maintained that no crime had been committed during the June 28 incident.

"I, along with my clients, support the First Amendment right of every citizen to have their voice and opinion heard," attorney Joel Schwartz said in a statement. "This right, however, must be balanced with the Second Amendment and Missouri law, which entitle each of us to protect our home and family from potential threats."

They will both be issued summons to appear in court at a later date, officials said.


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