A US couple who had been caught on camera waving guns at social justice protesters outside their mansion last summer have pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey made national news when they wielded their weapons at Black Lives Matter protesters marching past their mansion at St Louis, Missouri in June 2020.

As part of the plea, the pro-Trump couple, who are both attorneys, consented to give up the firearms used during the high-profile episode.

Mr McCloskey, 63, pleaded guilty to misdemeanour fourth-degree assault and was fined $750 (£538).

Throughout the hearing on Thursday, Judge David Mason asked Mr McCloskey when he confessed that his activities put people in danger.

Mr McCloskey, who is currently running to be a Republican candidate for Missouri’s US Senate seat, said”I would do it ,” out the St Louis courthouse.

“Whenever that the mob tactics me, I will do what I can to put them in imminent threat of physical harm because that’s what kept them from ruining my house and my family,” he said.

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The couple can continue to possess guns and will not lose their law licences since the charges were just misdemeanours.

Prosecutor Richard Callahan recognized the guilty pleas.

“This specific resolution of both of these cases represents my very best judgment of a suitable and fair disposition for those parties involved in addition to the public well,” he explained.