The following article, McCloskey’s Gun Was Inoperable, But Crime Lab Was Ordered to Reassemble So It Was Ready for ‘Lethal Use’, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Even if Patricia McCloskey wanted to shoot one of the many Black Lives Matter protesters who broke into her gated community, she couldn’t have. Her small silver handgun would not have fired.
Now, the story gets wild.
ST. LOUIS — The gun Patricia McCloskey waved at protesters was inoperable when it arrived at the St. Louis police crime lab, but a member of Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s staff ordered crime lab experts to disassemble and reassemble it and wrote that it was “readily capable of lethal use” in charging documents filed Monday, 5 On Your Side has learned.
In Missouri, police and prosecutors must prove that a weapon is “readily” capable of lethal use when it is used in the type of crime with which the McCloskeys have been charged.
Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Hinckley ordered crime lab staff members to field strip the handgun and found it had been assembled incorrectly. Specifically, the firing pin spring was put in front of the firing pin, which was backward, and made the gun incapable of firing, according to documents obtained by 5 On Your Side.
Firearms experts then put the gun back together in the correct order and test-fired it, finding that it worked, according to the documents.
— Lauren Trager (@LaurenTrager) July 20, 2020
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Prosecutor charges St. Louis couple with felony unlawful use of a weapon for pulling guns at protest near their mansion.
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) July 20, 2020
McCloskey sat down with Tucker Carlson on Monday night…
— Daniel Shular (@xshularx) June 29, 2020
In this livestream footage you can clearly see the STL black lives matter mob entered through the gate to a private community. This was not a public sidewalk. https://t.co/NeKHgTBWEu pic.twitter.com/UdYq3pGtlb
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) June 29, 2020