Hunter Biden found guilty on all charges in gun case

Hunter Biden arrives at federal court on the opening day of his trial on criminal weapons charges in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 3.
Hunter Biden arrives at federal court on the opening day of his trial on criminal weapons charges in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 3. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

A panel of 12 Delaware citizens is deliberating in Hunter Biden’s federal gun trial.

This is the first time in US history that the son of a sitting president has gone on trial. The indictment was brought by the Department of Justice, specifically by David Weiss, the special counsel appointed last year to oversee the Hunter Biden investigations.

Hunter Biden, 54, is accused of illegally purchasing and possessing a gun while abusing or addicted to drugs, a violation of federal law. He has pleaded not guilty to all three charges, although he has been open about his struggles with alcohol and crack addiction.

The first two counts of the three-count indictment are related to the gun purchase itself.

When a person purchases a gun, they must fill out a form with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and affirm that they are legally authorized to purchase the gun. Hunter Biden has been accused of lying on those forms.

These questions include: Have you been convicted of a serious crime? Are you a fugitive? Are you in the country illegally? And, more importantly in this case, are you an “illegal user or addict of” illegal drugs? Hunter Biden supposedly checked the box that said “No.”

Charge 3 relates to possession of the weapon. It is also against federal law to possess a gun if you are abusing drugs. Hunter Biden had the gun for 11 days in October 2018, before his girlfriend threw it in a dumpster because she was concerned about her mental health, according to the indictment and texts made public in recent court documents. .

“Guns present a danger if they fall into the wrong hands, and that is the impetus behind these laws,” Nabeel Kibria, a Washington, D.C.-based defense attorney who has handled hundreds of gun cases, told CNN. “The evidence seems pretty much against Hunter… but who determines who is an addict? What are the clear rules that must be followed?

If convicted of all three charges, the president’s son could face up to 25 years in prison.