Some armed groups revel in charges against Hunter Biden | ET REALITY


Gun rights groups are praising the firearms charges filed against Hunter Biden, even as they oppose laws the president’s son is accused of violating.

One of them, Gun Owners of America, noted that President Joe Biden has been advocating for stricter gun safety laws.

“Gun Owners of America opposes all gun control, but as long as this president continues to use every tool at his disposal to harass and criminalize gun owners and traffickers, his son should receive the same treatment and scrutiny as all of us. “Erich Pratt, the group’s senior vice president, said in a statement after Hunter Biden was charged Thursday with three weapons-related charges.

Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association took a more moderate tone with a similar message.

“Laws should be applied equally against all criminals,” said NRA spokesman Billy McLaughlin.

The president’s son was indicted Thursday in federal court in Delaware on three counts related to possessing a weapon while using narcotics.

Two of the charges relate to a federally required form he filled out saying he was not using illegal drugs when he purchased a Colt Cobra revolver at a gun store in October 2018. The third charge alleges he possessed a firearm while I used a narcotic.

Two of the charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, while the third carries a maximum sentence of five years. Former federal prosecutors have told NBC News that such charges are rarely brought as stand-alone charges against defendants with no criminal records.

In July, Hunter Biden reached a plea deal with prosecutors that would have made the gun case against him go away in two years if he stayed out of trouble and agreed not to buy a firearm again, but negotiations broke down. in August before they finished. .

According to a court filing in that case, Biden was using crack cocaine during the period in which he purchased the revolver from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Delaware in October 2018, and he denied he was using drugs on the federal form.

He ended up possessing the gun for 11 days, and during that time he “regularly purchased and used crack cocaine,” according to the document. The gun was later found in her car along with drug paraphernalia, and she “subsequently discarded it in a trash can outside a supermarket in Greenville, Delaware,” she said.

Now Hunter Biden’s defense can align with Second Amendment advocates‘, and against his father’s calls for tougher gun laws.

His attorney, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement Thursday that he plans to challenge the constitutionality of the laws Hunter Biden is accused of violating, pointing to “recent rulings by multiple federal courts that this statute is unconstitutional.”

Those rulings arose from a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that effectively expanded gun rights. The president said at the time that he was “deeply disappointed” by the high court’s ruling, adding that the decision “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply concern us all.”

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