Judge Skeptical of Weapons Charge in Kyle Rittenhouse Trial; Statute Unclear

Judge Skeptical of Weapons Charge in Kyle Rittenhouse Trial; Statute Unclear


Judge Bruce Schroeder expressed skepticism over the weapons charge in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder case in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Friday, allowing a jury instruction submitted by the defense in which an exception to the law is highlighted.

Rittenhouse faces a charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18, because he was 17 at the time of the shootings on Aug. 25, 2020, during a Black Lives Matter riot. (He has argued self-defense regarding the murder charges.)

But the defense pointed out that there are exceptions to the state law on the matter, including an exception for people who have a certificate of accomplishment for hunting, or for possessing firearms other than a short-barreled shotgun or rife.

The defense

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