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Kyle Rittenhouse seeks return of weapons used in Kenosha shooting

Kyle Rittenhouse is demanding the return of the firearm he used to kill three people in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020.

A Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle was seized by Kenosha police after the shooting.

Rittenhouse “is the legal owner” of the weapon, attorney Mark Richards said in a filing this week in Kenosha District Court.

Rittenhouse’s friend Dominic Black bought the gun when Rittenhouse was 17, but verbally agreed to give it to Rittenhouse when he turned 18.

Rittenhouse is now 19.

Wisconsin law allows any person claiming possession of property confiscated by the authorities to claim its return in district court.

Rittenhouse wants to make sure the weapons are “properly disposed of,” Richards said.

The lawyer said he had previously asked Kenosha County Assistant District Attorneys Thomas Binger and Jim Crouse to allow the release of Rittenhouse’s personal property, “however, that hasn’t happened yet.”

Kyle Rittenhouse walks down Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25, 2020. (Adam Rogan/The Journal Times via AP)

He noted that all proceedings and investigations in which the property could be required have been completed, including the criminal prosecution of Black.

It is unclear when the court will respond to the request, which also asks for other property seized by police, including an iPhone, a $1 bill and a pair of brown shoes.

The Kenosha County District Attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rittenhouse faced six shooting charges but was acquitted on all counts late last year.

Black avoided jail time by saying he had not contested the wrongdoing earlier that month.

A few days later, Rittenhouse said on the Charlie Kirk program that he wanted to destroy the gun he was using.

“We don’t want to have anything to do with it,” he said.

Rittenhouse also recalled being stunned when Binger brought a rifle during the trial and horrified when Binger pointed the gun at the people in the room.

“Corey, this is gun safety 101. Loaded or unloaded, treat the gun like it’s loaded,” Rittenhouse said, speaking to Corey Chirafisi, a lawyer who helped represent him.

Zachary Stieber

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Zachary Stieber covers US news and stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is based in Maryland.

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