Kyle Reitenhaus’s attorney, who accused the white thug of shooting and killing two people during a protest in Wisconsin last year, argued that hunting laws allow him to carry an assault-style weapon used to shoot.
Wisconsin law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from being armed, but Reitenhaus attorneys say state law only prohibits minors from carrying short-barreled rifles and shotguns, according to NBC News. That said, other restrictions on minors fall under the hunting law, which says children under the age of 12 cannot hunt with a gun.
Rittenhouse was 17 on August 25, 2020, when prosecutors said he shot two people and wounded another while carrying an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle in protest of Jacob Blake’s police firing. “There seems to be an exception for 17-year-olds,” the defense attorney said. Corey Chirafisi said.
Prosecutors fired back at the legal defense, saying Retainhouse attorneys should also tell jurors what he “hunted” on the night of the shooting.
Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said, “They can submit evidence that the defendant had a certificate of victimization and was engaged in legal hunting on Kenosha Street that night.”
Rittenhouse is charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm.
Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder rejected a defense proposal to withdraw the arms possession charge against Reitenhouse, saying state laws were “vague” and he wanted to review the laws so he could look into the matter again later.
When the shooting took place in Wisconsin, Rittenhaus traveled from his home in Antioch, Illinois.
The trial at Rittenhouse will begin on November 1.
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