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Mark McCloskey, gun-toting St. Louis lawyer, reportedly mulls Senate run

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Mark McCloskey, who made national headlines with his wife when they pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their St. Louis mansion, is reportedly mulling a Senate run in Missouri.

“I can confirm that it’s a consideration, yes,” McCloskey, a wealthy personal injury lawyer, told Politico on Tuesday evening.

He told the news outlet he had no timetable for making a decision about whether to enter the race for the seat from which GOP Sen. Roy Blunt is retiring.

McCloskey spoke this weekend at a Jackson County Republican dinner, which also drew former Gov. Eric Greitens and state Attorney General Eric Schmitt, both of whom have announced their candidacies, Politico reported.

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Armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey, confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house in the Central West End of St. Louis on June 28, 2020.
Armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey, confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house in the Central West End of St. Louis on June 28, 2020.
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McCloskey and his wife, Patricia, shot to viral fame in June 2020, when they were caught on camera brandishing firearms — he an assault rifle, she a handgun — at BLM demonstrators near their home amid unrest sparked by the Minneapolis death of George Floyd.

Patricia McCloskey and her husband Mark McCloskey draw their firearms at protesters on June 28, 2020.
Patricia McCloskey and her husband Mark McCloskey draw their firearms at protesters on June 28, 2020.
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Mark has accused the protesters of trespassing onto private property, and said that he feared a “storming of the Bastille” and insisted that he was a victim “of terrorism.”

He and his wife argued that they were exercising their Second Amendment right to bear arms — and were protected by Missouri law allowing the use of deadly force against intruders.

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Mark and Patricia McCloskey made a stop at the Luzerne County Republican headquarters during a McCloskey Team Trump bus stop in Kingston, Pennsylvania on Sept. 30, 2020.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey made a stop at the Luzerne County Republican headquarters during a McCloskey Team Trump bus stop in Kingston, Pennsylvania on Sept. 30, 2020.
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The viral encounter made the McCloskeys champions of pro-gun groups and drew the attention of President Trump, earning them a spot at the Republican National Convention.

Mark McCloskey speaks to members of the Ector County Republican Women's club at the Odessa Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in Odessa, Texas.
Mark McCloskey speaks to members of the Ector County Republican Women’s club at the Odessa Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in Odessa, Texas.
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They were later indicted on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and evidence tampering.

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