Joe Biden’s son and Democratic presidential candidate Hunter Biden plans to plead not guilty to federal gun charges. Biden was charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person – a felony charge – following a search of his home on October 16.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine if convicted. The case is currently being investigated by the US Attorney’s Office in Delaware.
The charge alleges that Biden illegally purchased a firearm in October from a store in Philadelphia. Biden had earlier admitted that he associated with a former business associate who allegedly has dealt drugs while Biden served as a lobbyist for the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
In a statement, Biden’s lawyer, George Mesires, said that Biden “intends to defend this case vigorously and looks forward to the process taking its course.”