The indictment also alleges that Biden possessed the handgun for 11 days in 2018 while he was using a narcotic. It is a federal crime to possess a firearm while under the influence of drugs.
Biden's indictment is the first time that a sitting president's child has been charged with a felony. It is also the latest chapter in a long-running investigation into Biden's business dealings.
The indictment is likely to be politically sensitive, as it comes just over a year before the 2024 presidential election. Biden's critics have seized on the charges as evidence of his family's alleged corruption.
Biden's lawyers have said that he is innocent of the charges and that he will “vigorously defend himself.” They have also accused the Justice Department of pursuing a politically motivated case.
It is unclear what the consequences of Biden's indictment will be. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. However, it is also possible that the case will be resolved through a plea deal.
To learn more about Biden's Impeachment read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below:
Hunter Biden was indicted Thursday on federal gun charges out of Special Counsel David Weiss' investigation.
Biden was charged with making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm; making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer; and one count of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.
According to the indictment, “on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware, the defendant, Robert Hunter Biden, in connection with the acquisition of a firearm, that is, a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver with serial number RA 551363…knowingly made a false and fictitious written statement, intended and likely to deceive that dealer with respect to a fact material to the lawfulness of the sale of the firearm…in that the defendant, Robert Hunter Biden, provided a written statement on Form 4473 certifying he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, and any other controlled substance, when in fact, as he knew, that statement was false and fictitious.”