Judge in Rittenhouse trial might inform jury of key firearm exemptions in state law

As Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial nears its finish, Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder made a bombshell revelation that he may inform the jury of a special set of Wisconsin gun law exemptions that could, in theory, free Rittenhouse from being convicted on the gun-related charge he faces.

According to the Washington Examiner, Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi informed the judge of a number of Wisconsin exemptions under its existing gun laws, ultimately coming to a conclusion that Rittenhouse appears to be exempt from being convicted on one misdemeanor charge for possession of a dangerous weapon under the age of 18.

What exemptions?

It was Friday when Chirafisi pointed first to Wisconsin Statute 948.60, which has several exemptions that seem to exclude Rittenhouse from being charged.

Under the statute’s second section, it reads, “Any person under 18 years of age who possesses or goes armed with a dangerous weapon is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.” However, it’s the third section of the statute that could save Rittenhouse some of his legal troubles.

Apparently, the charge only applies to those under 18 who are in “violation of s. 941.28 or is not in compliance with ss. 29.304 and 29.593.”

While the actual language of those exemptions is tedious, it essentially revolves around specific firearms that have specific barrel lengths or styles, both of which did not apply to Rittenhouse’s use of an AR-style rifle.

“Chirafisi conceded ‘he’s in violation of 29.593,’ however, he argued Rittenhouse wasn’t in violation of 29.304, saying, ‘he [was] 17. It doesn’t apply — it can’t apply — Because of his age,'” the Examiner noted.

What’s next?

According to NBC Chicago, Closing arguments in the case are expected to begin on Monday, and experts believe that the process will take roughly five hours.

After closing arguments are wrapped up, numbers will be drawn to determine which of the jurors will be dismissed as alternates, and which jurors will take place in the deliberations that will ultimately decide Rittenhouse’s fate.

Much of the mainstream media has attempted to paint Rittenhouse as a racist, or at the very least, make the case about race. Even in the aforementioned NBC Chicago report, the outlet noted that “the panel appeared overwhelmingly white,” as if that has any relevance in a case involving a white defendant and white victims.

Many observers and commentators who are remaining neutral and not playing the race card believe Rittenhouse has a strong chance at the jury accepting his self-defense plea, but believe he could be convicted on some of the lesser charges.

Only time will tell, but the next big question revolves around what might happen if Rittenhouse does, in fact, escape any serious charges. National Guard troops have already been deployed in Wisconsin, Yahoo News reports.

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