Rittenhouse will not be charged with weapons violation in Illinois – here’s why the state said he didn’t break the law


ANTIOCH, IL – The Antioch Police Department announced on October 13 that they will not be pursuing any criminal charges against Kyle Rittenhouse over accusations that he illegally possessing a long gun in their state. 

It’s the first legal victory of Rittenhouse who is charged with two counts of murder and attempted murder in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August of this year.

Rittenhouse was accused of carrying a .223 Smith and Wesson rifle from the state of Illinois into the state of Wisconsin on that fateful day that ended in a shooting. 

Rittenhouse and his legal team had previously claimed that he firearm did not come from the state of Illinois, and for now, it appears they were correct.

Prosecutors with the Lake County State Attorney claimed that the investigation conducted by the Antioch Police Department concluded there was no evidence to support that Rittenhouse had possessed the weapon while in the state of Illinois.  Despite the new revelation, there was no indication as to where Rittenhouse obtained the gun which he allegedly had possession of in Wisconsin.

Despite the first legal win in a long legal battle, Rittenhouse will still face the murder and attempted murder charges as well as another possession of a dangerous weapon charge by child under 18.  Rittenhouse’s attorney, John Pierce, maintains that the charges against Rittenhouse regarding the firearm possession are incorrect.

Pierce appeared on Fox News Host Tucker Carlson’s show and claimed the charge was “incorrect as a matter of state law.” 

He alleges that Rittenhouse was somehow able to have possession of the firearm under the US Constitution and federal law, but he did not explain what brought him to that conclusion.

Police have not released much information as to the background of the firearm to include who legally owned it prior to it being used in the shooting.  Another attorney of Rittenhouse claims that the firearm belonged to a friend who has not been identified as of yet in this investigation.

Rittenhouse found himself in legal jeopardy in August when he traveled into Kenosha, Wisconsin during the riots.  Rittenhouse claimed that he was going there to help protect the business owners from having their livelihoods destroyed.

At some point during the evening, based on video, Rittenhouse is seen running from a man until he gets into a position in which he stops.  The man continues to chase him and Rittenhouse fires until the threat, i.e., the man, dropped to the ground.

The man whom Rittenhouse is alleged to have killed was Joseph Rosenbaum, a convicted child sexual offender from Arizona.  He was convicted in that state for two counts of sexual conduct with a minor between 12-14 years of age.

After Rosenbaum falls, Rittenhouse seemingly planned on staying at the shooting scene until the crowd could be heard telling others to get him.  Rittenhouse again takes off running until he trips and falls in the middle of a street.

Rittenhouse, who fell on his back, as Anthony Huber, who had been convicted of numerous cases involving strangulation and domestic violence, charges at him with a skateboard.

Huber begins attacking Rittenhouse and/or trying to grab the gun as people in the crowd yell “get his ass.”  Rittenhouse, trapped on the ground and being attacked discharges his firearm, striking Huber who dies from his injuries.

Another man approaches Rittenhouse, Gaige Grosskreutz, and appears to have a gun in his hand.  Grosskreutz approaches Rittenhouse who fires and strikes Grosskreutz in the bicep.  Grosskreutz then flees the scene and Rittenhouse is able to get up and runs toward the police.

Rittenhouse’s attorneys allege that his actions that night were not one of murder, rather, they were acts of self defense and that criminal charges in the case are not warranted.  Whether or not a jury agrees it was self defense or not will not be known for some time, until that decision is made, we all have to watch and wait.

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Kyle Rittenhouse attorney: Rifle was legally owned, actions “100 percent self-defense”

August 31, 2020

KENOSHA, WI – In an interview on Breitbart News Sunday with Joel Pollack, John Pierce, attorney for Kyle Rittenhouse, maintained that Rittenhouse acted completely in self-defense and expressed confidence that Rittenhouse would prevail in his case.

Rittenhouse, 17, was recently arrested and charged with multiple offenses, including first-degree intentional homicide, after firing his AR-15 while being attacked by rioters in Kenosha.  Three people were struck by the gunfire, and two died.

While speaking with Pollack, Pierce shed light on the character of young Rittenhouse and dispelled media-driven myths that Rittenhouse was in Kenosha to make trouble.

Describing Rittenhouse as “a great kid” who was “not looking for a fight,” Pierce shared that Rittenhouse is a community lifeguard in Kenosha.  He added that on the day of the shooting, after he finished lifeguarding, Rittenhouse and some friends removed graffiti from a local high school.

Pierce went on to say that Rittenhouse was present at the riots in answer to a call for help from a business owner.

He stated that the business owner:

“…has multiple businesses there, three businesses.  Two were essentially burned to the ground, and he was hoping to protect what was left of his life’s work.

“So Kyle went there to attempt to protect that business.”

The attorney added that Rittenhouse remained at the site of the business on the night in question, all the while receiving threats from protestors, to which Rittenhouse and his companions did not respond. 

Pierce stated that the only reason Rittenhouse ever left the business site was to find and bring injured protestors back to that location to render first aid.  The young man treated multiple protestors for their injuries in this manner.

Pollack asked Pierce about rumors of a criminal record for Rittenhouse.  Pierce replied that he had no knowledge of a criminal record and pointed out that the three individuals that were shot each had felony convictions.

He added:

“The only individuals that were wounded by him or were killed by him were… the individuals that were attacking him with an intent to do serious bodily harm or to kill him.”

When Pollack asked whether Rittenhouse was a member, as rumored, of a militia or “patriot group,” Pierce responded that he was unaware of such membership, and pointed out that, technically, according to Title X, Section 246 of the United States Code,

“…actually, every able-bodied male in the United States between ages 17 and 45, is actually part of the United States Militia.”

Pollack and Pierce also discussed the presence of the AR-15 that Rittenhouse used.

Pierce asserted that, despite charges and rumors to the contrary, the weapon did not cross state lines, was “a legal weapon,” and by law could be possessed by anyone aged 16 or over.

When Pollack asked if Rittenhouse could have chosen not to bring a weapon with him,  Pierce responded:

“If he wanted to be killed.”

Pierce explained to Pollack:

“Government and local law and order in these cities has completely broken down.  It does not exist anymore.

“And so, what I would analogize Kyle to, quite frankly, would be the Minutemen in Lexington and Concord who had to pick up arms and protect themselves.”

Pierce did not blame police for the chaos, but rather pointed the finger at local and state lawmakers. 

He said:

“The police in Kenosha, and the police across the country, and this is … not of the people on that Blue Line but because of the leadership in cities and states, by mayors and governors, have completely stood down.

“They are not protecting American cities.”

Pierce continued:

“And it gets to a certain point where law-abiding American citizens, even 17 year old kids, have to step in, and have to protect the communities, and their families, and that’s a God-given right, and no prosecutor – I’m not going to let any prosecutor take it away from Kyle.”

Pierce asserted that the prosecution was “politically, charged, politically motivated,” adding:

“The charges were filed within a day or two without a proper investigation.”

Regarding his approach to the case, Pierce stated:

“This is one hundred percent self-defense.”

Pierce added that after Rittenhouse attempted to put out a dumpster fire, which brought on attacks from protestors, Rittenhouse:

“actually attempted to retreat.  He was chased down by attackers that were repeatedly stating that he should be killed.

“They came at him lightning-fast and attempted to begin striking him and wrestling with this rifle with an intent to kill.

“He had no choice but to fire his weapon and protect himself.”

When Pollack asked if Rittenhouse might be willing to accept a plea deal, Pierce expressed confidence in the strength of the self-defense argument.

He said,

“We’re going to trial and we’re going to win this case….

“If I’m the prosecutors, I drop these charges immediately.  I think that this is a rush to judgement, and if I was the prosecutor, I would be terrified to take this case to trial.”

Pierce went on to say:

“I do not believe that there is a jury in this country that is going to look at these facts and is going to find him guilty for murder.  It’s absolute, 100% self-defense, and we’re going to prove it if we have to.”

Pierce also noted a far-reaching implication of the results of such a trial.

Calling the situation a “watershed moment,” for America, he told Pollack:

“If this is not self-defense under these circumstances, for Kyle Rittenhouse, then no one can defend themselves, and no one can defend this country.”


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