Many Americans were outraged earlier this year after learning that Hunter Biden had been offered a sweetheart deal under which he would receive blanket immunity on a host of crimes in exchange for pleading guilty to a gun charge.
According to Fox News, the president's son pleaded not guilty earlier this month to three federal gun crimes alleged in an indictment brought by Special Counsel David Weiss.
The indictment lists one count of making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm and one count of making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer.
What's more, Biden also faces one count of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance.
If found guilty of the charges, Biden could be put behind bars for up to 25 years and ordered to pay a fine of $750,000.
Fox News explained that the president's son purchased a handgun at a Delaware gun shop in 2018 while being addicted to crack cocaine and other drugs.
He did this despite the fact that federal law expressly prohibits individuals who use drugs from purchasing or possessing firearms.
That purchase alarmed the former wife of Hunter Biden's late brother, Beau Biden, with whom he was then in a romantic relationship.
She took the gun from Hunter and put it in a supermarket dumpster located across from a school. It was ultimately discovered and turned over to police.
One option for Biden's defense team would be to argue that the charges violate the Second Amendment, a move that George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley says could leave his father "in something of a pickle."
In an op-ed piece written last month for Fox News, Turley pointed to a recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to throw out the conviction of a man who was arrested while "in possession of marijuana and two loaded firearms."
The court pointed to the Supreme Court's ruling in Bruen v. New York Rifle & Pistol Association, which held that for gun laws to pass constitutional muster they must fit with America's "historical tradition of firearm regulation."
Meanwhile, Turley pointed out that President Joe Biden has "denounced Bruen as a virtual abomination and has been a vocal supporter of the underlying law."