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Breaking News: A judge dismissed a gun possession charge against Kyle Rittenhouse — the least serious he faced. Closing arguments begin soon.

 
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A judge dismissed a gun possession charge against Kyle Rittenhouse — the least serious he faced. Closing arguments begin soon.

Monday, November 15, 2021 11:21 AM EST

Mr. Rittenhouse, who was 17 when he shot three men in 2020 in Kenosha, Wis., had been charged with illegally possessing a dangerous weapon. Wisconsin is an "open-carry" state where it is legal for adults to carry firearms openly, but state law prohibits minors from possessing firearms except in limited circumstances.

On Monday, Judge Bruce Schroeder sided with Mr. Rittenhouse's defense team over a technical issue, saying that the language of the state law does not actually ban a 17-year-old from carrying a rifle with a long barrel, as prosecutors had contended.

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