DELAWARE – Hunter Biden was indicted Thursday on federal firearms charges in Delaware. Biden is accused of lying about his drug use when he bought a firearm in October 2018, when he has acknowledged that he struggled with addiction to crack cocaine, according to the indictment filed in federal court. The case was originally going to be dismissed without charges under a plea deal, but that agreement with prosecutors fell apart after a federal judge’s review this summer. Biden’s defense attorney argues that he didn’t violate the law and remains protected by an immunity provision that was part of the plea deal.
The charges are rarely filed as stand-alone counts, and a recent appeals court decision called the law into question. The three-count indictment claims that Biden lied on a form required for every gun purchase when he bought a .38 Colt Cobra Special at a Wilmington, Delaware gun shop. He’s charged with two counts of making false statements by checking a box saying he was not addicted to drugs and giving it to the shop for their federally required records.
A third count alleges that he possessed the gun for roughly 11 days, despite knowing he was a drug user. The counts are punishable by up to 25 years in prison upon conviction.