Post by Terry del Fuego
But he didn't carry a firearm unlawfully (per Wisconsin law)
"Wisconsin is an open carry state, meaning anyone who gets a gun
legally can carry it in most public places without a license or
"But that's not the case for minors like 17-year-old Kyle
"Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis confirmed to reporters
Wednesday that you have to be 18 to open carry in the state of
This is wrong, and what I told you above is correct.
I assume the journalist is merely stupid. The police chief is a lying
sack. You can read 948.60 for yourself, but it's easy to misread so
allow me to walk you through it:
(1) defines a "dangerous weapon" to include a firearm.
(2)(a) says "Any person under 18 years of age who possesses or goes
armed with a dangerous weapon is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor."
People seem to stop reading here, and our intrepid police chief hopes
you will, too. But ...
(3)(c) says, "This section applies only to a person under 18 years of
age who possesses or is armed with a rifle or a shotgun if the person
is in violation of Â§ 941.28 or is not in compliance with Â§Â§ 29.304 and
29.593." That means that for long guns, 948.60 is not applicable
unless 941.28 is being violated OR there is a violation of
29.304 or 29.593. Because those other sections are not being
violated, 948.60 is not applicable to a 17-year-old carrying a long
gun. Open carry of *handguns* for 17-year-olds is unlawful in
Wisconsin. But Rittenhouse was not carrying a handgun.
 This is a provision concerning short-barrelled rifles and shotguns
that isn't applicable here.
 A provision that does not apply to anyone over 16, so also not
 This provision has to do with obtaining a firearm safety
certificate before one is allowed to hunt in Wisconsin. Obvious
dumb snark aside, he wasn't hunting, so this also does not apply
to the situation.
It doesn't upset me too greatly when journalists are morons. (If it
did, I'd never have a moment's peace.) A chief of police is a
politician more than he is a cop, so when one lies his ass off, I
don't get *too* worked up about it. But the DA who filed that charge
should be disbarred. It is a violation of professional ethics for a
prosecutor to prosecute someone without probable cause, and *that*
sonofabitch cannot be excused for misreading the statute.
Post by Terry del Fuego
"There are some exceptions in Wisconsin state law allowing minors to
carry guns, including if they are in the military and in the line of
duty, as well as if they are under adult supervision..."
That's all irrelevant here; it applies only to handguns.
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