Kyle Rittenhouse 'Did Not Carry A Gun Across State Lines,' Attorney L. Lin Wood Says

Chris Menahan
Aug. 28, 2020

Attorney L Lin Wood said Friday on Twitter that Kyle Rittenhouse "did not carry a gun across state lines" and warned those making the claim they may get sued for defamation.

Rittenhouse, who shot three assailants during a riot in Kenosha on Tuesday, was charged on Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18.

Lin Wood, who successfully sued multiple news outlets for defaming Covington Catholic's Nick Sandmann, worked for free to form Rittenhouse's defense team because he said the videos clearly show "justified acts of self-defense."

"When you start manufacturing facts to support false accusations, you get into trouble under the law of defamation," Wood told a Twitter user who claimed Rittenhouse's use of a gun was illegal. "Kyle did not carry a gun across state lines."

"The gun belonged to his friend, a Wisconsin resident," Wood said. "The gun never left the State of Wisconsin."

Rittenhouse may have been carrying the gun legally, according to a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Under Wisconsin statutes that say anyone under 18 who "goes armed" with any deadly weapon is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was not old enough to legally carry the assault-style rifle he had.

But John Monroe, a lawyer who specializes in gun rights cases, believes an exception for rifles and shotguns, intended to allow people age 16 and 17 to hunt, could apply.

Tom Grieve, a Milwaukee defense lawyer who also specializes in gun cases, agreed the exception might apply beyond hunting, but said that part of the law is poorly drafted. He said he would argue to apply a rule of law that interprets ambiguous criminal statutes in favor of the defendant.

Rittenhouse could be in violation of having a gun within a gun-free zone, if there was one covering, for instance, a school nearby. Also, Illinois law requires anyone who owns any kind of firearm in that state to have a Firearm Owners Identification card, but that is only available to someone 21 or older, or someone with a sponsor who is 21 and eligible for a card.
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