Accused Kenosha killer Kyle Rittenhouse won’t face charges over AR-15-style rifle

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Teen gunman Kyle Rittenhouse will not face charges in his home state of Illinois over the AR-15-style rifle used during the deadly Kenosha protests in neighboring Wisconsin, prosecutors announced.

A police investigation found that the Smith & Wesson .223 caliber rifle the 17-year-old accused killer used “was purchased, stored and used in Wisconsin,” the Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

But because there is no evidence that Rittenhouse ever “physically possessed” the rifle in the Prairie State he will not face additional charges there, Nerheim’s office said, according to the report.

The release offered no further details on who bought and stored the weapon before the teen used it allegedly as part of a militia protecting businesses from rioters.

Rittenhouse, from Antioch, faces a slew of serious charges in Wisconsin over the shooting in which two people were killed and another seriously injured in a running battle caught on viral videos.

He faces one count each of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide and one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. He is also charged him with possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18, a misdemeanor.

His attorneys have argued that he acted in self-defense and have cast him as a patriot and a courageous defender of the right to bear arms in a social media campaign that has raised $2 million for his legal fees.