Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden (D), was indicted Thursday on federal gun charges as part of an ongoing investigation related to his 2018 purchase of a firearm.
The younger Biden was charged with making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm; making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer; and one count of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.
“On or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware, the defendant, Robert Hunter Biden, in connection with the acquisition of a firearm, that is, a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver with serial number RA 551363 … knowingly made a false and fictitious written statement, intended and likely to deceive that dealer with respect to a fact material to the lawfulness of the sale of the firearm … in that the defendant, Robert Hunter Biden, provided a written statement on Form 4473 certifying he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, and any other controlled substance, when in fact, as he knew, that statement was false and fictitious,” reads the indictment.
At the time of the 2018 firearm purchase, Hunter Biden filled out a Form 4473 which asks, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” A “yes” answer disqualifies a person from being able to purchase a firearm. By his own admission in his 2021 book, Beautiful Things, Hunter Biden was almost certainly an addict at the time of the purchase.
When asked about his son’s alleged wrongdoing last year, President Joe Biden said, “He came along and said, by the way, this thing about a gun—I didn’t know anything about it. But turns out that when he made [an] application to purchase a gun, what happened was he say—I guess you get asked, I don’t guess, you get asked a question, are you on drugs or do you use drugs? He said no. And he wrote about saying no in his book. … And I’m just so proud of him.”
Prior to this indictment, Hunter Biden had negotiated a plea agreement earlier this year with his father’s Department of Justice (DOJ) that would have likely kept him out of jail and removed felony charges from his record if he met then to-be-determined conditions.
“The message from these elites could not be clearer: Gun laws are only for the little people,” reported the NRA Institute for Legislative Action on that deal.
That agreement, however, collapsed in July after questioning from a federal judge left prosecutors at an “impasse.”
Though Joe Biden has been a vocal supporter of his son’s innocence in the past, this time around, the White House reportedly declined to comment on the latest events surrounding the president’s son.