Even if the politically motivated prosecution against Kyle Rittenhouse could somehow convict Kyle Rittenhouse, one thing is clear: It can’t be said that Rittenhouse violated Wisconsin law regarding minors. own a gun.
But one Politifact The fact-checker said Tuesday that Rittenhouse, then 17, could not legally obtain a gun in August 2020 when, begging Self defence, he killed two men and wounded one during the Black Lives Matter riot in Kenosha.
Wisconsin laws regarding carrying guns are confusing so on Friday, Judge Bruce Schroeder throw away charge of a minor carrying a weapon.
“I’ve been wrestling with this statue, I hate counting the hours I’ve put into it, I’m still trying to figure out what it says, what’s forbidden. I studied law,” said Schroeder.
But that’s not good enough for Politifact.
Shortly after the shooting, Politifact reviewed a Facebook post stating that it was legal for Rittenhouse to carry a weapon.
“Our report shows that it is not entirely legal and, in fact, it is legally murky. That’s why we’re rating this claim as False,” Politifact employee Daniel Funke said Tuesday.
“Wisconsin law states that ‘any person under the age of 18 in possession or armed with a dangerous weapon is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor,’ continued Funke.
“During the fact check, we cited the possibility of exceptions for rifles and handguns. The exception is aimed at letting children aged 16 to 17 go hunting. But, apparently, Rittenhouse didn’t come to Kenosha to hunt. “
Is it legal for Kyle Rittenhouse to carry a gun at 17?
Yes: 94% (31 Votes)
No: 6% (2 votes)
Funke noted defense challenges to the gun charge, which the judge initially denied, but last week, when arguing jury guidelines, Schroeder dismissed the charge.
Funke echoed an Associated Press account of an attorney unrelated to the case who said the unclear laws must be read in favor of the defense, but noted that the Wisconsin Legislative Council Staff , an agency that supports lawmakers, wrote an opinion piece in 2018 that, if followed, would seem to say that Rittenhouse shouldn’t have guns.
The crux seems to be in Section 941.28 of the Wisconsin law that prohibits minors from possessing only rifles or shotguns with short barrels, according to an analysis by attorneys general. Will Chamberlain, and publisher of Human Events.
Rittenhouse’s rifle does not have a short barrel, so the law does not apply.
Chamberlain said the hunting ban was for those under the age of 16, which Rittenhouse did not have at the time of the shooting, and that Rittenhouse was not involved in hunting anyway.
Section 29.304 applies restrictions only to the possession of firearms by minors under the age of 16
It’s hard to see how Rittenhouse can violate that, it says nothing about 17 year olds I can see pic.twitter.com/UWPmdeklkZ
– Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) August 27, 2020
So, as Schroeder said, it’s not clear. This prompted Funk to write: “These subsequent events reveal the gray patches of local gun laws – in almost no case ‘completely legal’. Our reality check remains unchanged. ”
No change – does that mean Tuesday’s Politifact headline still says: “‘Completely legal’ for Rittenhouse to carry a gun? Wrong.”
In fact, Rittenhouse was tried and found guilty by Politifact, despite being unable to uphold the indictment when severely tried by the court.
It’s been said for a long time that you don’t want to see the legislature make laws any more than you want to see how sausages are made. And regardless of the process, it seems Wisconsin’s gun laws for minors are confusingly enacted.
Maybe there’s something else you don’t want to see or believe – how? left-wing media perform their so-called fact checks.
Please correct the title Politifact. How about: “Is it completely legal for Rittenhouse to carry a gun? Under Wisconsin law, yes. ”
That seems correct. But, of course, that doesn’t suit leftist story.
Keep that in mind when you read the actual verification.
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