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Kyle Rittenhouse, accused in Kenosha shootings, will not face gun charges in Lake County over AR-15-style rifle, prosecutors say

Kyle Rittenhouse will not face gun charges in Lake County related to the AR-15-style weapon he is charged with using to kill two men and wound a third during violent protests in Kenosha in August, prosecutors announced Tuesday.



Mike Nerheim wearing a suit and tie: Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim speaks to the media outside of the Lake County Courthouse on Sept. 25, 2020 in Waukegan.


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Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim speaks to the media outside of the Lake County Courthouse on Sept. 25, 2020 in Waukegan.

An Antioch police investigation found that the Smith & Wesson .223 caliber rifle “was purchased, stored and used in Wisconsin” and turned up no evidence the 17-year-old “physically possessed” the weapon in Illinois, according to a news release from the office of Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim. The news release does not reveal who is believed to have bought or held the gun before the shooting.

The Antioch teen, however, still faces a gun charge in Wisconsin, as Kenosha County prosecutors

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AR-15-style rifle mass shooting unlicensed gun dealer

For years, Marcus Braziel took his customers at their word when they showed up with wads of cash to buy one of the customized AR-15-style rifles he advertised for sale on the internet.



a close up of a weapon: The AR-15-style rifle sold by an unlicensed gun dealer and used in a mass shooting last year.


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The AR-15-style rifle sold by an unlicensed gun dealer and used in a mass shooting last year.

If they said there was no legal reason to prevent them from owning a gun, Braziel said, that was good enough for him. He saw no need for obtaining a license and conducting formal criminal background checks.

But that was before federal agents showed up at his door in Lubbock, Texas, and told him they’d traced one of his weapons to a mass shooter.

“I wanted to vomit,” Braziel recalled in an exclusive interview with CNN. “My life has not been the same since. I will be forever sorry.”

Braziel, 45, pleaded guilty Wednesday in

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