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Hunter Biden's Weapon Charges Could Lead To 25 Years in Prison

 June 11, 2024

Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, is in the midst of a federal gun trial with severe penalties ranging up to 25 years in prison and $750,000 in fines.

Despite the possibility of significant prison time as a result of the charges the first son faces if convicted, Joe Biden has reiterated his pledge not to consider a pardon, as the Daily Wire reports.

Charges Stemming From 2018 Handgun Purchase

Hunter Biden's charges focus on the legality of a handgun purchase made in 2018. At that time, he was embroiled in a period of heavy drug use, an admission he later made in his 2021 book.

Prosecutors argue that as Hunter was a drug addict during the purchase, he should have disclosed this on the mandatory firearms purchase form. Failing to do so, they claim, constitutes making a false statement in a firearms sale and transaction record.

The three charges against Hunter carry significant penalties. Two of these charges have maximum sentences of 10 years each, while the third carries a maximum of 5 years. Additionally, each charge comes with a $250,000 fine, bringing the total potential fines to $750,000.

Special Counsel Cites Incriminating Evidence

Special counsel David Weiss brought attention to Hunter’s own statements from his 2021 book. In the book, Hunter made numerous claims about his extensive drug use, which extend to the time frame during which he bought and possessed the firearm.

“After the defendant announced his awareness of a federal investigation of him in 2020,” stated Weiss, “the defendant chose to author and sell a book in 2021 in which he made countless incriminating statements about his years-long drug usage, including during the time period he purchased and possessed the gun.”

President Biden's Stance on Hunter's Situation

In a recent interview with ABC News, President Biden was questioned about the potential outcome of Hunter’s trial and if he would consider a pardon. President Biden stated that he would accept the judicial outcome and unequivocally ruled out any possibility of a pardon for his son.

When asked directly if he would accept the result of Hunter’s criminal trial, President Biden responded: “Yes.” When further questioned if he would keep his prior word about declining a potential pardon for Hunter, he simply replied: “Yes.”

Defense Claims and Defense Strategy

Hunter Biden’s defense team argues that he did not make a false statement on the firearms purchase form because he was not using drugs at the time of purchasing the gun.

They aim to counter the prosecution’s narrative that Hunter’s drug use was active during the exact period he bought the handgun.

However, text messages between Hunter and Hallie Biden present a challenge to the defense. These messages appear to reveal that Hunter was using drugs within 11 days of obtaining the gun. Hallie, who found and disposed of the gun, urged Hunter to seek rehabilitation in one of the texts.

Hunter's Criminal Charges in Delaware and California

Hunter Biden has pleaded not guilty to all charges in Delaware. Beyond the gun-related charges, Hunter is also facing accusations of tax evasion in California, with a trial set for later this year.

As the high-profile gun case proceeds, the overlapping legal troubles add complexity to Hunter’s situation.

Conclusion

Hunter Biden’s trial on charges related to his 2018 handgun purchase has the potential to result in significant prison time and financial penalties.

He faces three charges with a combined maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. Despite the ongoing legal challenges,

President Joe Biden has made it clear that he will not pardon his son if a conviction is reached. As the trial unfolds, Hunter's defense will strive to prove he was not under the influence of drugs at the time of the gun purchase, a crucial aspect of the prosecution's case.

The outcome of this trial remains pivotal not only for Hunter Biden but will also continue to garner national attention given his connection to the sitting president.