Hunter Biden Wins?

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( – Hunter Biden could be the unlikely beneficiary of the Supreme Court ruling over gun purchases.

On Friday, in an 8-1 ruling, SCOTUS ruled in the United States v. Rahimi case, a case Hunter Biden’s legal team has been tracking closely.

The case centers on a federal gun-control law that prevents those who are under a domestic violence restraining order from having firearms and is considered a sister regulation to the drug provision the President’s son was convicted of breaking. 

Hunter Biden’s legal team had been hoping SCOTUS would strike down the domestic violence provision, which would have been equally devastating for the drug user provision that Biden is guilty of breaking.

However, that wasn’t the outcome on Friday.

Yet, Hunter Biden’s team could still gain hope from Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority opinion.

In his opinion, Roberts highlighted that Justices had only greenlit removing guns from those considered a threat to others by a judge, which is what happened in the case of Zackey Rahimi, but insisted that the Government couldn’t remove guns because a recipient is considered irresponsible.

Roberts wrote that the Justices “reject the Government’s contention” that Rahimi could be disarmed because he is considered “not ‘responsible,'” adding that “‘Responsible'” is a vague term.”

According to Peter Tilem, a criminal defense lawyer and former gun prosecutor in Manhattan, the ruling is a good sign for the President’s son.

Tilem highlighted that in its ruling SCOTUS had found that it was up to a court to determine if a gun owner is “a danger to someone,” adding that being a drug user didn’t inherently “make [someone]  a credible threat.” referencing U.S. Code 922 (g)(3).

Tilem noted that, if he was representing Hunter Biden, he would urge him to challenge the drug-user ban’s constitutionality, something Biden did before his case went to trial.

However, Hunter Biden’s ability to appeal his conviction after he is sentenced in October could be hindered by a caveat in Roberts’ opinion.

Further in his opinion, Robert highlights that the Second Amendment still allows gun bans for those considered by a “legislature to present special danger of misuse.” While he didn’t call out drug users particularly, they may fall under this banner.

If Hunter Biden’s legal team chooses to revive his constitutional challenge, he will be at odds with the Biden administration’s gun-control agenda.

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