St. Louis couple who confronted BLM protesters surrender their guns to the state… then buy NEW AR-15

Fresh from a plea deal that required giving up the guns that they brandished at Black Lives Matter protesters last year, Mark and Patricia McCloskey showed off a brand-new AR-15, a month after Mark announced a run for the Senate.

The McCloskeys became household names last June, when the couple stared down Black Lives Matter rioters who tore down a gate outside their home in St. Louis, Missouri -- Mark clutching a rifle and Patricia packing a pistol.

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Patricia McCloskey and her husband Mark McCloskey confront demonstrators outside their in St. Louis, Missouri home, June 28, 2020.
St. Louis couple charged over confronting Black Lives Matter protesters plead guilty, forfeit guns

The husband and wife were initially slapped with felony charges, but they pleaded guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor assault and harassment, respectively. The pair were fined and ordered to surrender their guns, which had been seized after the infamous incident. 

However, the plea deal only concerned those specific firearms. It didn’t forbid them from heading straight out and buying new weapons.

In a social media post on Saturday, Mark McCloskey showed off a new AR-15 at a gun shop, announcing that he was “checking out my new AR.” He told Fox News on Sunday that “We intend to keep our arms and bear them. We’re a constitutional carry state. I will replace those [guns] which the state took." 

The McCloskey’s case catapulted the couple to nationwide fame, and their refusal to apologize made them heroes to many conservatives. They spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention, and Mark announced a 2022 run for the US Senate last month, describing himself as “a proven fighter against the mob.”

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