Could Kyle Rittenhouse Carry An Assault Rifle Legally At 17 Years Old?
Recently a viral Facebook post has been making the rounds, claiming to combat media misinformation regarding the shooting of three people at the Kenosha protests. 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested and faces several charges concerning the shooting, as reported by CNN. The post has over 1900 hundred shares and argues that some of the charges should be dropped. The post claims that it is “perfectly legal” to carry a rifle across state lines and that it was legal for a 17-year-old to possess the rifle without any parental supervision.
Kyle Rittenhouse was a resident of Antioch, Illinois and the shooting took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin. While the state of Wisconsin does honor concealed carry licenses that are issued by Illinois, Rittenhouse did not have any such permit. Furthermore, Illinois law states that the minimum age of any applicant must be 21 years, which automatically disqualifies Rittenhouse anyway.
Wisconsin law, under section 948.60(2)(a), states that any person below the age of 18 armed with a dangerous weapon is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. And court records show that Kyle Rittenhouse was indeed charged by prosecutors under this section in addition to several others. This disproves the claim that it was legal for the 17-year-old to possess the rifle in either state.
While Wisconsin law does have exceptions that allow children above 16-years-old limited access to firearms for hunting purposes, Kyle Rittenhouse does not fall into them. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Kyle considered himself a militia member trying to protect businesses and property. Hence his intentions for being in Wisconsin at the time were not related to hunting at all.