What Hunter Gets For Lying On The Form 4473

Poor Hunter Biden. He thought he was going to get off with a plea deal for lying on the ATF Form 4473. The original agreement called for him to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and accept a pre-trial diversion agreement. That was until the judge asked prosecutors about the sweetheart deal and to protect themselves they threw poor old Hunter under the bus. The Biden legal team then said they wouldn’t accept the agreement. That deal had been brokered by the US Attorney for Delaware David Weiss and Biden’s legal team.

Judge Maryellen Noreika told the parties to go back to the drawing board and come back when they were ready to be serious. Or something like that.

In the meantime, US Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Weiss as Special Counsel for the case on August 11th. Congressional Republicans cried foul as they saw this appointment as an attempt to obstruct their own investigation into the activities of Hunter Biden. Whether this was the intention by Garland and the Biden Administration remains to be seen.

Fast forward to today.

Special Counsel David Weiss obtained a three-count felony indictment against Hunter Biden on firearms charges from a grand jury. The first count accuses Biden of lying on the Form 4473 that the sale of firearm was lawful despite his addiction to crack cocaine. It should be noted he admitted his use of the drug in his own book. The second count accuses him of lying about being a user of a controlled substance (crack cocaine). Finally, the third count accuses him of being in possession of a firearm when he knew he was addicted to crack cocaine.


Nothing has been said yet about the tax evasion charges or if Biden will be indicted for acting as a foreign agent without registering under the Foreign Agent Registration Act. As the media has been quick to point out, it is rather rare to see these kind of charges as stand-alone charges.

Most those cases are brought against people accused of some other crime as well, said Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor and expert in gun policy at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. “It’s relatively rare to prosecute someone for being a substance abuser in possession of firearms, absent other criminal activity, or unusual circumstances,” he said.

It will be interesting to see if Biden and his legal team will try to use the Bruen decision to get around these charges. A 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in August threw out firearms charges against a Mississippi man who had admitted to marijuana use. I could see that being of use against the third count but it doesn’t absolve him of lying on the Form 4473.

It would be incredibly ironic to see the case against Hunter Biden leading to an expansion of Second Amendment rights given his father’s jihad against gun rights and gun owners.

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The gun control industry is always pushing for new laws and regulations. You would think that they would also be interested in seeing existing laws being enforced as well as seeing equal justice under the law for “gun crimes”.

Given the release yesterday of news about Hunter Biden’s plea deal regarding his lying on the Form 4473 about his drug use, you would think that the major players such as Everytown, Giffords, and Brady would have something to say about it. Biden and prosecutors agreed to a Pretrial Diversion Agreement whereby the felony charge is dismissed if he complies with the agreement.

It seems that the gun control industry did have stuff to say yesterday but none of it involving the President’s wayward son.

Everytown said the shootings on Juneteenth highlighted the need “for action on gun violence (sic)”. On Twitter, they talked about stuff like so-called safe storage laws, urged the Senate to not to vote against Biden’s pistol brace ban, and touted the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. Nothing was said about Hunter Biden nor was anything said about how an African-American mom was facing a probable 2-year sentence for the same crime as Biden.

Moving on to the Cult of Personality known as Giffords, what did they have to say about Biden. Nothing. Rather they lauded the Oregon legislature for passing legislation against DIY firearms which they call “ghost guns” (sic). On Twitter, the only mention of Biden by them was to say they knew the President would make good on his promise to work against “gun violence” (sic).

Finally, there is Brady United. Their only press releases were to say they are suing a gun store in Michigan regarding a straw purchase and that they have a new initiative to “harness ad agency and media company talent” to change America’s “gun culture narrative.” Herr Goebbels was not available for comment on the new initiative. Their Twitter feed had nothing about either Biden but a few posts on “Ask Day” which demands that parents ask other parents if they have firearms. Personally, I think they should be pushing for 100% tax credits for gun safes with no dollar limit but that’s just me.

I should note here that both the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms issued strongly worded statements denouncing the plea deal. Both pointed out the failure of the Biden Justice Department to uphold the law when it involved the President’s son.

So to sum it up, when the gun control industry had a chance to speak out about the failure to keep a firearm out of the hands of a person under the influence of drugs, they punted. They did not want to upset their cozy relationship with the Biden Administration by casting any aspersions upon either Biden father or Biden son.

Hypocrisy today, hypocrisy tomorrow, hypocrisy forever is their motto.