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Kyle Rittenhouse says he intends to destroy the AR-15 rifle he used in Kenosha.

Kyle Rittenhouse says he intends to destroy the AR-15 rifle he used in Kenosha.

Kyle Rittenhouse
Kyle Rittenhouse says he intends to destroy the AR-15 rifle he used in Kenosha.—

During an appearance on the conservative podcast “The Charlie Kirk Show,” on November 30, Rittenhouse, 18, said that the firearm is “being destroyed right now.”

“We don’t want anything to do with that,” Rittenhouse told podcast host Kirk.

Rittenhouse was previously on trial for fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, during the August 25 Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. He was acquitted of five felony charges, including first-degree intentional homicide.

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In the same podcast, Rittenhouse criticized Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger for placing his finger on the trigger during a courtroom demonstration, saying it was not “Gun Safety 101.”

“He was pointing the gun at the gallery, and I looked at my attorney,” Rittenhouse said, referring to one of the lawyers on his defense team, Corey Chirafisi. “I said, ‘Corey, that’s Gun Safety 101.’ Loaded or unloaded, treat a gun like it’s loaded.”

Rittenhouse also said during the interview that he aspired to be in law enforcement when he was growing up.

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“Growing up, I wanted to be a police officer, to be able to help people when they’re having bad days,” Rittenhouse said.

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