The gun charge has been dropped against Kyle Rittenhouse. Will he be convicted of any of the serious charges?

Judge drops gun charge against Rittenhouse
15 Nov, 2021 16:32 / Updated 25 minutes ago

Defense attorney Mark Richards asks to see Kyle Rittenhouse's rifle before court begins in Kenosha, Wisconsin © Mark Hertzberg/Pool

The judge in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial dropped a gun charge against the 18-year-old on Monday, providing yet another win for the defense as the case draws to a close.
Among the charges prosecutors were levying against Rittenhouse was a misdemeanor gun charge related to a Wisconsin statute that Judge Bruce Schroeder admitted last week was difficult to understand.

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Rittenhouse is facing multiple charges, including first-degree homicide, for shooting and killing two men and injuring a third during violent protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year. Rittenhouse and his defense lawyers have maintained that the then-17-year-old acted in self-defense during the anti-police Black Lives Matter protest last August.

Prosecutors have tried presenting multiple other charges to the jury, including a second-degree homicide charge the judge ruled would not go before the jury last week.

The gun statute in question bars those under 18 from possessing certain short-barrelled firearms. The defense argued on Monday that the statute does not apply to Rittenhouse, as he was not carrying a short-barrelled rifle and the law does not apply a blanket ban on a 17-year-old carrying a firearm.

The statute is meant to exclude minors from carrying certain weapons, while also allowing them the freedom to use rifles to hunt, a common pastime in the state. Critics have argued an AR-15 falls into a “loophole” within the law, but the defense has maintained the statute comes down to barrel length, and Rittenhouse was not in violation.

The gun charge had presented an opportunity for the prosecution to score a conviction on a lower count, should the jury decide Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.
Rittenhouse is a White Supremacist and is guilty as sin
This is a Mickey Mouse Trial
Kyle will be "free at last, free at last, Lord Almighty, free at last
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The gun charge has been dropped against Kyle Rittenhouse. Will he be convicted of any of the serious charges?
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