Comment on Gun Charges Filed Against Hunter Biden

Sep 14, 2023 | Gun Control Advocates

Here is a statement from Dr. John Lott about the new criminal gun charges that were filed today against Hunter Biden. For months, Lott has claimed that Hunter should face several crimes and would face them if he were another person. The three charges are outlined here.


As the former chief economist for the US Sentencing Commission and having worked on the NICS system when I was at the US DOJ, these new charges against Hunter Biden are treating him more like others. It was clear that Hunter Biden had violated more gun laws than he was originally being charged with.


Take the case from June, the same month that Hunter Biden’s plea agreement originally came out. A black woman in Virginia with no criminal history facing jail for using marijuana while possessing a handgun and making a false statement about her drug use in buying a gun. That is much more typical of how these are handled. Many misinterpret the low rate of prosecutions for NICS violations. The reason for the low rate of prosecutions is that virtually all these cases are false positives.

Comment from Dr. John Lott


The indictment accuses Hunter Biden of lying about his drug use on a gun purchase form in 2018 when he bought a Colt Cobra revolver. He wrote in his 2021 memoir “Beautiful Things” that he was abusing drugs at the time.


The three counts relate to violating federal laws governing gun ownership, lying to authority figures and interstate commerce. . . .


Steven Nelson and Priscilla DeGregory, “Hunter Biden indicted on three new counts of illegally possessing a firearm while addicted to drugs after plea deal collapse,” New York Post, September 14, 2023.