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Collins Calls on Attorney General Barr to Investigate Rogue Prosecutor in McCloskey Case

Aug 7, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today joined his colleagues in sending a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr urging the Department of Justice to protect Second Amendment rights and investigate rogue prosecutors who target innocent Americans as part of their anti-gun agenda.

"Criminals should live in fear of prosecution, not innocent Americans defending themselves, their families, and their property,” they wrote. “The prosecuting attorney’s actions appear to be driven more by an antigun, not anticrime, agenda. This is a devastatingly chilling signal to the more than 2.5 million Americans who recently bought guns for the first time to protect themselves and their families against the unmitigated lawlessness sweeping across our land."

In St. Louis, Missouri, when Mark and Patricia McCloskey were threatened by violent protestors trespassing on their private property and making menacing remarks, they exercised their Second Amendment right in self-defense. In response, their firearms were confiscated and local officials charged them with felonies and penalties of up to four years in prison.

"We urge you and the Department of Justice to investigate Ms. Gardner’s actions, and the actions of every rogue prosecutor who fails to uphold the rule of law and secure the rights of our citizens," they continued. "Americans deserve to know exactly how public officials are abusing their power by harassing individuals exercising their rights and failing to enforce laws against trespassing, destruction, and violations of private property."

To read the full letter, click here.