SCOTUS Decision Could Be an Unexpected Boon for Hunter Biden

( – Several firearms cases before the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) could help Hunter Biden during his appeal efforts after recently being convicted on gun charges in Delaware.

Biden was convicted of three felonies on June 11th: he lied on federal gun forms, lied to the gun dealer, and had illegally possessed a firearm for 11 days. Biden’s legal team has yet to file an appeal, but he’s largely anticipated to do so and a few gun-related cases before the highest court in the land could ultimately act as a boon to aid his efforts.

SCOTUS has typically avoided penalizing non-dangerous possession of firearms in previous cases. Legal analysts have suggested that the major issue is whether or not SCOTUS believes Biden’s possession was dangerous or not, given the absence of any other charges or crimes.

United States v. Rahimi may be relevant; the case concerns a federal law that outlaws possession of firearms by anyone with a civil restraining order for domestic violence. A ruling is anticipated sometime in late June. If the court rules in favor of Rahimi, it would undoubtedly aid Biden’s appeal efforts. The case has been called the most potentially impactful Second Amendment case before the court since New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen fundamentally altered New York state’s ability to arbitrarily restrict concealed carry permits to people who they determined required them for “legitimate” reasons.

Federal appeals courts have consistently sided with defendants charged with gun crimes when they weren’t otherwise charged with a violent offense in states like Oklahoma and Texas.

Rahimi was restricted from possessing a firearm when he defied a restraining order in 2020, showed up at his then-girlfriend’s house late at night, and made threats of violence against his partner while firing off several rounds from his weapon. Oral arguments in November suggested the court wasn’t very sympathetic to Rahimi, however.

United States v. Daniels may also be relevant, as it involves prohibiting drug addicts from owning guns. Biden’s team brought the case up in 2023 during their attempt to have the case dismissed.

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