Court Case For Man Who Bought Rittenhouse Rifle Delayed

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Kyle Rittenhouse is awaiting his trial for murder, but that’s not the only court case stemming fromthat night in Kenosha. After all, Rittenhouse was too young to purchase a rifle for himself. Someone else bought it.

And let’s be honest, anyone who the powers that be could charge was going to get charged. The whole thing was too high profile for officials not to pull out all the stops. If they hadn’t, Kenosha would have burned yet again.

Now, the trial for the man accused of buying the rifle for Rittenhouse has been delayed.

Dominick Black, who now lives in Racine according to court records, is charged with two counts of intentionally giving a dangerous weapon to a person under 18 causing death.

According to court documents, Rittenhouse allegedly gave cash to Black — who was dating Rittenhouse’s sister — to purchase an AR-15 style rifle for Rittenhouse from a Wisconsin hardware store because Rittenhouse was underage.

Court documents allege Rittenhouse retrieved the gun from Black’s stepfather’s house in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020, and that Rittenhouse and Black went together, armed, to protests in downtown Kenosha that followed the Jacob Blake shooting. Later that night, Rittenhouse shot three men, killing two, in what he and his supporters say was an act of self defense. Rittenhouse is charged with homicide.

Now, I’ve maintained that Rittenhouse didn’t do anything wrong when he fired his weapon. I still maintain that.

However, if the allegations of how he obtained the rifle are true, then we have a problem. Black is accused of committing a straw purchase, which as we all know is highly illegal. It’s unlikely anyone would have even known had things not gone down in Kenosha the way they did, but things happened the way they happened and here we are.

I’m sorry, but straw purchases are illegal. Rittenhouse would have been eligible to buy his own gun in a year or so and, as things stood, he’d have had no trouble purchasing the rifle.

Frankly, I’m curious why he didn’t get his mother or father to buy the rifle. It would have still been a straw purchase, but no one would have blinked about him having a rifle purchased by a parent.

Regardless, he didn’t, and now Black is facing charges as well.

So what’s going on with the case? Well, both prosecutors and defense attorneys asked to have the case delayed until after Rittenhouse’s trial commences. Since that trial is set to kick off later this year, that leaves Black waiting. I’m not an attorney and I’m writing this way too early to ask one, but I suppose they figure that if Rittenhouse walks, that will play into whether Black just bought a rifle or whether he abetted in two counts of homicide with his straw purchase.

I don’t see Black walking from this unless the prosecution just can’t prove he bought the rifle for Rittenhouse, which might actually be trickier than one might think.

We’ll have to see.

Either way, this will be an interesting case to watch unfold. Almost as interesting at Rittenhouse’s.