Kyle Rittenhouse is destroying the AR-15 he used during his deadly shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The 18-year-old cleared gunman told “The Charlie Kirk Show” on Tuesday that the weapon he used to defend himself at Black Lives Matter riots is “being destroyed right now.”
“We don’t want anything to do with that,” said Rittenhouse, who broke down at his trial last month as he recalled having to use it to kill two men and injure another while under attack.
Rittenhouse made his revelation after the conservative podcast showed pictures of the controversial moment Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger raised the weapon in court with his finger on the trigger.
Jokingly asked if the prosecutor was “threatening the jury,” Rittenhouse initially quipped, “Pretty much.”
“He was pointing the gun at the gallery, and I looked at my attorney,” he said of one of his defense team, Corey Chirafisi.
“I looked at Corey, and I said, ‘Corey, that’s Gun Safety 101,’” Rittenhouse said of his shock at the scene in the Kenosha courtroom.
“Loaded or unloaded, treat a gun like it’s loaded,” he told the podcasters.
Rittenhouse also poured scorn on the prosecution’s case that he could not rightfully plead self-defense because he was armed.
“I’m no lawyer … [but] what he’s saying is, ‘No one has a right to defend
theirself in the United States if they’re the one that brings a gun.’
“So that means what he’s saying is nobody’s allowed to carry a gun, essentially,” said Rittenhouse, who was only 17 at the time but was legally allowed to carry the weapon under Wisconsin law.
He believes it is also why his case became an obsession for left-wing media and even politicians, referring to Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and a federal probe.
“They’re coming after our guns. They want to come after American’s guns. People’s rights to buy arms,” he said.
In the interview, Rittenhouse insisted he was still a student at Arizona State University (ASU) — even though on the same day the school insisted he was no longer enrolled there.
He dismissed the protest by student groups planned for Wednesday at ASU as “silly and funny.”
“I don’t really care that they’re protesting … I agree with everyone’s right to demonstrate, no matter how silly it is,” he said.
After his legal drama, however, he advised the students to instead “go to college, get a degree, spend time with your family, enjoy your life — because you never know what can happen the next day.”
As for his future, he said that after initial aspirations of going to nursing school, he’s now “looking at law school, getting into criminal justice.”