A recent allegation against Hunter Biden, if proven true, would not only render him a felon but would also severely undermine the credibility of calls for stricter gun control measures from his father, President Joe Biden.
The allegation revolves around the 2018 disappearance of a firearm and the possibility that Hunter Biden lied on the official federal background check form — a felony crime — when purchasing that firearm, PJ Media reported.
A recent episode of PJ Media’s C’MonNow! podcast centered on reports that Hunter Biden had fraudulently checked “No” on the federal background check form regarding whether the purchaser is an unlawful user or addict of illicit drugs. Hunter’s cocaine use resulted in him being kicked out of the U.S. Navy in 2013 and has been admitted to on multiple occasions by him and other family members.
Lying on the form
A recent bombshell report from Politico covered an incident from October 2018 when Hunter’s then-girlfriend, Hallie Biden — the widow of his deceased brother Beau — stole a recently purchased .38 caliber revolver from Biden’s truck and threw it in a grocery store dumpster in Wilmington, Delaware.
The gun was later recovered and turned in to police by a man rummaging for recyclables. This reportedly spurred a law enforcement response that included local police, state police, the FBI, and even the Secret Service, though the protective service has denied any involvement.
Politico obtained the official Firearms Transaction Record, known as ATF Form 4473, that all prospective firearm purchasers must fill out ahead of a background check before a purchase can be finalized.
That document revealed that, despite his known and admitted history of illicit drug abuse, Hunter had answered “No” in response to the question: “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”
According to text messages regarding the firearm incident recovered from Hunter’s laptop, Hunter made note of his own history of drug and alcohol abuse that he had falsely denied on the federal form, the New York Post reported.
That history of drug use and the concern it caused Hallie Biden for Hunter’s safety, was purported to be the main reason why she had taken the gun from him and disposed of it improperly in a grocery store dumpster — right across the street from a high school — in the first place.
The National Rifle Association reported in a news release Monday that, if the above allegations were true, then Hunter Biden was likely guilty of multiple felonies regarding lying on Form 4473 as well as being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
Being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm is a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years in federal prison. Lying on Form 4473 is actually two separate crimes, the first of which is simply a “false statements” felony earning up to 5 years in prison while the second crime is more specific to firearms and can result in up to 10 years in prison.
The NRA concluded that, while we wait for more information amid this developing scandal, it would behoove President Biden to look into the alleged improper and “irresponsible” actions of his own family — and perhaps actually enforce laws that are already in existence — before following through on his calls to implement even more restrictions on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for law-abiding citizens.