On June 20, 2023, the United States filed a single count criminal information charging the Defendant with violating 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(3) and 924(a)(2) related to his illegal possession of a Colt Cobra 38SPL revolver (hereafter the “firearm”) between October 12, 2018 and October 23, 2018. ECF 2. On July 26, 2023, the Defendant had an initial appearance on that charge. See Minute Entry for July 26, 2023.
This is the firearm charge brought by the DoJ against Hunter Biden.
On September 14, 2023, a grand jury returned a three count indictment charging the Defendant with committing crimes in connection with the same firearm, specifically, with violating 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(a)(6) and 924(a)(2) for making a false statement during a background check to deceive a firearms dealer when he acquired the firearm (“Count One”), 18 U.S.C. § 924(a)(1)(A) for making a false statement during a background check on paperwork that the firearms dealer was required to maintain (“Count Two”), again related to the firearm, and 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(3) and 924(a)(2) related to his illegal possession of the firearm between October 12, 2018 and October 23, 2018 (“Count Three”). ECF 39.
The grand jury brought these three counts. Note that the grand jury charges, U.S.C. 18 §922(g)(3). This is the same charge as the United States DoJ brought originally.
Because it is a duplicate and not from a ground jury, the DoJ dropped that “firearm charge”.
This changes nothing. All it does is remove any Fifth Amendment claims from Hunter’s team.
If you hear from other sources that the Feds dropped a firearm charge against Hunter, know that this is the rest of the story.