Mark and Patricia McCloskey have been indicted on charges of felony unlawful use of a weapon and evidence tampering in St. Louis after they brandished their guns while racial injustice protesters marched on their street.
Since the incident, the McCloskeys have become well-known, even appearing at the recent Republican National Convention to endorse President Trump.
Mark McCloskey said the government is persecuting him and his wife for "doing no more than exercising our right to defend ourselves, our home, our property, and our family."
"[Protesters] broke down our gate; they trespassed on our property. Not a single one of those people are now charged with anything. We're charged with felonies that could cost us four years of our lives and our law license," Mark McCloskey said. "What you are witnessing here is just an opportunity for the government, the leftist, democrat government of the City of St. Louis, to persecute us for doing no more than exercising our Second Amendment rights."
Joel Schwartz, the McCloskey's attorney, said he was unsurprised by the indictment.
"Once all the facts are out, it will be clear the McCloskeys committed no crime whatsoever. Frankly, because the grand jury is not an adversarial process and defense counsel are not allowed in there, and I have no idea what was stated to the grand jury, and what law was given to the grand jury," Schwartz said.