St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said she’s charging the couple who flashed their guns at the protesters after they knocked down their gate and marched through the neighborhood and on their property, on June 28.
The couple will be charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon.
“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner — that is unlawful in the city of St. Louis,” Gardner said in a statement.
The McCloskeys said that the protesters broke down an iron gate and some also threatened them while standing outside their home.
“[They said] that they were going to kill us,” Patricia McCloskey recalled at the time. “They were going to come in there. They were going to burn down the house. They were going to be living in our house after I was dead, and they were pointing to different rooms and said, ‘That’s going to be my bedroom and that’s going to be the living room and I’m going to be taking a shower in that room.'”
Governor Mike Parson has said that he would consider a pardon for them.
Meanwhile, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt moved to dismiss the charges on Monday.
“The right to keep and bear arms is given the highest level of protection in our constitution and our laws, including the Castle Doctrine, which provides broad rights to Missourians who are protecting their property and lives from those who wish to do them harm,” Schmitt said in a prepared statement provided to Fox News.
Several political leaders, including President Trump and Senator Josh Hawley, have also disagreed with Gardner's decision to bring charges against the couple and have urged A.G. Bill Barr to open a civil rights investigation into the Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner. She's been accused of political bias in a number of prosecutions.