Hunter Biden will say he had the RIGHT to own a gun while addicted to crack cocaine: The president’s troubled son could use the Supreme Court decision his father opposed to help fight gun charges
- One of Hunter’s legal troubles is a gun possession investigation
- He signed a form to buy a gun stating that he was not using illegal drugs
- His lawyers believe he should not be charged because the law could be scrapped
Hunter Biden’s lawyers have been clinging to a legal argument that has torn President Biden on the grounds that it violates “common sense” as they try to persuade prosecutors not to hit him with a gun charge from his troubled past.
In addition to the long-running federal investigation into his taxes and finances, the president’s son is under investigation for a possible gun charge over a form he signed in 2018 when he filed for possession of a firearm.
He ticked ‘no’ when asked if he was addicted to drugs – although this seems to contradict information he has given in his own autobiography about his condition at the time.
As his lawyers try to stave off a potential prosecution before it gets underway, they point to a Supreme Court ruling last summer that established a broad right for Americans to carry firearms in public.
That could be a good legal game, but it seems to contradict the president’s own view of the conservative-minded court’s 6-3 ruling. It comes as the White House continues to face questions about Hunter’s business practices as Republicans step up their own probes.
Hunter Biden lawyers have tried to discourage prosecutors from bringing a gun-related charge against their client based on an alleged false statement on a 2018 form in which he denied being addicted to drugs
The gun ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution and should deeply concern us all,” Biden said last year.
Conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the opinion, saying it protects “an individual’s right to carry a gun for self-defense outside the home.”
President Biden has repeatedly called for new gun restrictions following a spate of mass shootings, including calling for renewal of the assault weapons ban.
Hunter Biden’s defense team, including Chris Clark, has argued that a government weapons indictment could be dismissed on appeal in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the New York Times reported, as US attorney David Weiss appears to be finalizing his investigation.
The pro-gun firearms policy coalition retweeted the story, marking Biden’s quote about the statement as an affront to “common sense.”
Federal authorities began that aspect of the investigation when Hallie Biden, Beau Biden’s widow, allegedly threw a gun into a dumpster.
A 2022 Supreme Court ruling that could offer a legal opening has been drafted by Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas
US Attorney David C. Weiss, a Trump appointee, is overseeing the investigation
The FBI could use evidence of past drug use to argue that Hunter was dishonest when he denied being addicted. But prosecutors will likely be cautious about filing charges that wouldn’t be filed in a lower-profile case, and could take the new Supreme Court ruling into account when anticipating a possible trial or appeal.
Don’t take your guns into town: A Supreme Court ruling last summer that established a broad right for Americans to carry firearms in public. Hunter had an altercation with Hallie Biden, who reportedly threw his firearm into a dumpster in 2018, beginning part of the current investigation
The FBI reportedly began investigating the .38 caliber handgun after his former girlfriend Hallie Biden, Beau Biden’s former widow, allegedly tossed it in a dumpster.
Angry texts about the incident were found on Hunter’s infamous laptop.
Hunter could face a possible charge of false statements regarding the form required for gun buyers. His team has in the past accused prosecutors of alleged leaks related to the case.
On his 2018 form, Hunter checked “no” when asked if he was “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotics, or other controlled substance?”