Kyle Rittenhouse calls for return of AR-15 style rifle used in Kenosha, Wisconsin shootings in August 2020

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) – Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois man acquitted of shooting two men and wounding a third during street protests in Kenosha in 2020, is seeking the return of the gun and others property that the police seized after his arrest.

Rittenhouse’s attorney, Mark Richards, filed paperwork with Kenosha County Circuit Court on Wednesday seeking the return of the items, explaining that Rittenhouse wants the AR-15-style rifle back so it can be destroyed , reported the Kenosha News. He also wants the clothes he was wearing the night of the shooting returned to him.

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Law enforcement has had the gun since the day after Rittenhouse shot three men, two of them fatally, on Aug. 25, 2020, during a night of protests and unrest in the town of Kenosha, N. southeast Wisconsin, following the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer.

Rittenhouse turned himself in to police in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois hours after the shooting. In November, the 19-year-old was found not guilty of all charges relating to the shooting deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz. Conservatives and gun rights advocates rallied around Rittenhouse in the days after his arrest, saying he was defending Kenosha against far-left activists. Others portrayed him as a trigger-happy vigilante.

Rittenhouse family spokesman David Hancock said Thursday that Rittenhouse wanted to destroy the gun and planned to throw away his clothes so no one could use them to “celebrate” the shooting.

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“Ultimately two people lost their lives, period,” Hancock said. “This weapon was involved in this. This weapon has no place on a coat. It has no place in a museum. It belongs where Kyle wants it, and Kyle wants it destroyed. … There are many people who would like to hold these objects in the air, on both sides. It’s nothing Kyle cares about.

Rittenhouse said he traveled to Kenosha to protect his property from rioters and acted in self-defense after being attacked and fearing for his life.

Kyle Rittenhouse and defense attorney Mark Richards stand nearby November 12 as Judge Bruce Schroeder makes a personal appeal during Rittenhouse’s trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse.

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Prosecutors portrayed Rittenhouse as a “wannabe soldier” who had gone looking for trouble, while his supporters viewed him as a patriot who took a stand against lawlessness.

The gun was purchased by Dominick Black for Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time and unable to legally purchase a gun and “was to become the legal property of Kyle Rittenhouse on his 18th birthday” on the 3 January 2021, the motion declared.

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Earlier this month, Black pleaded guilty to two citations for aiding in the delinquency of a minor in return for prosecutors dropping two felony charges of intent to sell a dangerous weapon to a person of under 18 years old.

According to court documents, Rittenhouse is also seeking to recover the ammunition, the gun’s slingshot and magazine, his cell phone, a cloth face mask, the clothes he wore the night of the shooting and a cash ticket. $1.

A hearing on the motion is scheduled for January 28.

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