Felony charges finally dropped against gun buyer in Kyle Rittenhouse case

The person who purchased the AR-15-style rifle used by Kyle Rittenhouse in a controversial self-defense shooting that killed two men and injured another pleaded no contest in a Wisconsin court, reducing the offense to a non-criminal citation.

“To go forward with these felony charges against Mr. Black, given the court’s legal ruling as well as Mr. Black’s cooperation and the jury’s decision in the Rittenhouse case, does not seem appropriate,” Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said Monday, according to the Associated Press.

The new charge

“Criminal charges have been dropped against the man who purchased the rifle for Kyle Rittenhouse. Dominick Black will instead plead no contest to a county ordinance citation, contributing to the delinquency of a child, and face a $2,000 fine,” Jimenez reported.

Some have argued against the reduced charges in the case. However, the case stands, with the friend who provided the weapon to Rittenhouse facing no jail time.

The case has remained a concern since Rittenhouse was declared not guilty of all charges.

The firearm

“Black was 18 when he purchased the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle for Rittenhouse at a hardware store in Rusk County in May that year. At 17, Rittenhouse was too young to legally purchase the weapon,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

“In August 2020, Rittenhouse used it to kill two people and wound a third during protests in Kenosha. In November, a jury found him not guilty, based on his claim of self-defense.”

The ruling may cause some controversy, but many are glad to finally have the final issue related to the case resolved.

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