Hunter Biden, son of the president, may soon find himself thrust into the forefront of a heated debate as he takes on the task of defending his Second Amendment rights while facing potential charges for firearm possession as a drug user. In a twist that could rival a gripping political thriller, Hunter’s stance clashes directly with the policies of his father’s administration, adding a layer of intrigue to an already intriguing situation. The Justice Department’s investigation into Hunter, which includes a closer look at a gun purchase made in 2018, unravels a story where the younger Biden openly admitted to being a regular cocaine user during that time.
According to Fox:
Federal law prohibits drug users from owning guns, but a Supreme Court ruling last year that essentially broadened Second Amendment protections puts that prohibition into question – and Biden’s lawyers could use the argument as part of his defense.
First reported in Politico, Biden’s lawyers have already told DOJ officials that, if their client is charged with the gun crime, they will challenge the law under the Second Amendment, a person familiar told the publication.
When he bought the gun in 2018, Biden filled out a federal form on which he allegedly claimed that he was not “an unlawful user of, or addicted to” any “controlled substance,” Politico reported in 2021. However, according to Biden’s 2021 memoir, he frequently used crack cocaine at the time.
“I was smoking crack every 15 minutes,” he wrote.
The Gun Control Act of 1968 has laid down stringent regulations to prevent unlawful drug users from possessing firearms, as emphasized by the publication. The ban on firearm ownership extends to individuals who have openly acknowledged their involvement in illicit drug use during the months preceding their purchase. By implementing these measures, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms reaffirms its commitment to maintaining public safety and ensuring that those who may pose a potential threat are unable to access weapons.