Hunter Biden was criminally indicted with three firearms felonies on Thursday by Special Counsel David Weiss in relation to his illegal purchase of a handgun in 2018 -- crimes for which he could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
What is most ironic about this development is that President Joe Biden has been pushing a strict crackdown on illegal gun sales over the past two years, Fox News reported.
Even more so is the fact that the Biden administration is also vigorously defending in federal court the challenged constitutionality of one of the criminal statutes under which the president's son was charged.
On Thursday, Special Counsel unveiled a three-count indictment against Hunter Biden that charged him with making a false statement on a federal gun purchase form, causing a licensed firearms dealer to keep false information in required records, and unlawfully possessing a firearm while being an addicted user of a controlled substance.
The first of those charges violates 18 U.S.C. Sec. 922(a)(6), which makes it unlawful to make false statements during the acquisition of a firearm, a crime for which Biden could be fined and sentenced to 10 years in prison if convicted.
The second count is a violation of 18 U.S.C. Sec. 924(a)(1)(A), which carries a five-year sentence and fine if convicted of causing a licensed dealer to keep false information in their records.
Finally, there is the third count of Biden's violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(3), which makes firearms possession unlawful for anyone "who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance," and carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison plus a fine if convicted.
Fox News noted that President Biden and his administration have been on the warpath against illegal gun sales and ownership over the past two years, including countless public statements and executive orders in that regard.
That includes going after licensed dealers and stripping them of their licenses with little or no due process as punishment for even minor problems with the paperwork they are required to maintain for each and every individual sale of a firearm.
That said, as obviously proud as the president is about his anti-Second Amendment crackdown on guns, his press secretary and communications department have been quite careful to dance around the issue as it applies to his son.
Another interesting twist to the story is that multiple federal courts have now found various provisions within the 922(g) statute to be unconstitutional, including the 922(g)(3) prohibition against firearm possession by users of illegal drugs, as Hunter Biden was given his admitted addiction to crack cocaine at the time.
Those decisions came as a result of the Supreme Court's Bruen decision in 2022, which established a new "historical tradition" test against which modern gun laws must be compared, and of which no prior comparable analogs for a blanket prohibition on firearm possession against unlawful drug users can be found.
Nonetheless, despite being ruled against at both the district and circuit court levels with respect to 922(g) and its various prohibitions on gun possession, the Biden administration has continued to defend the unconstitutional statute in the ongoing legal battles.
Most ironic of all is the fact that it may well turn out that pro-gun rights organizations, who are so clearly despised by President Biden, could ultimately be the ones who save the president's son from doing hard time in prison over his alleged gun crimes.