‘Bored at home’ protester pleads guilty to possessing gun

Madison police squad car

MADISON, Wis. — Authorities say a Janesville man who said he came to Madison to watch protests because he was bored at home has pleaded guilty to possessing a gun after a felony conviction.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that 29-year-old Kyle C. Olson was arrested on May 31, at a time in which peaceful protests targeting police brutality were followed by vandalism and other damage, Olson told a judge he drove up from Janesville because he was sick of quarantining because of COVID-19.

Olson’s lawyer says police did not know until after they arrested Olson that he was not allowed to possess a firearm, so they did not have probable cause to arrest him.