According to Politico’s reporting, Hunter Biden lied on his ATF Form 4473, the firearm transaction record and background check form, on October 12, 2018 when he swore under penalty of $250k fine and 10 years imprisonment that he was not a drug user. Then, only 11 days later, Hunter’s then-girlfriend (the widow of his not-long-deceased brother, but not the mother of the child he sired with a stripper while he was living with his brother’s widow), Hallie, “disposed” of the handgun in a trash can outside of a grocery store. …and then it gets weird…
From The Daily Wire:
Hallie Biden told Hunter Biden what she did, at which point he told her to retrieve the firearm. When she returned to the store to get the firearm out of the trash, it was missing. The Delaware State Police and the FBI responded to the scene to investigate and questioned Hunter Biden. A copy of the police report said that Hunter Biden “became very agitated” when he was asked if the firearm had been used to commit a crime.
When Hunter Biden was asked if he was doing drugs or drinking, Hunter Biden responded by saying that Hallie Biden was concerned about him being mentally unstable, saying that she was concerned that he was going to commit suicide.
The report says that “an older man who regularly rummages through the grocery’s store’s trash to collect recyclable items” found the firearm and returned it days later, although it does not say who the firearm was returned to.
Delaware police “investigated,” as you might expect given this incident happened there. But what you may not expect is that the U.S. Secret Service allegedly swept in and, by all appearances, tried to cover up the incident by eliminating the paper trail.
From Politico’s report:
Secret Service agents approached the owner of the store where Hunter bought the gun and asked to take the paperwork involving the sale, according to two people, one of whom has firsthand knowledge of the episode and the other was briefed by a Secret Service agent after the fact.
The gun store owner refused to supply the paperwork, suspecting that the Secret Service officers wanted to hide Hunter’s ownership of the missing gun in case it were to be involved in a crime, the two people said. The owner, Ron Palmieri, later turned over the papers to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which oversees federal gun laws.
As y’all know, I’m an FFL. We’re obligated under Federal law to retain 4473s for a minimum of 20 years and we’re obligated to provide them to ATF to comply with a gun trace request or audit.
If the Secret Service removed this 4473 from the FFL’s premises and the ATF later audited generally or requested this 4473 specifically (e.g. in an attempt to trace the serial number should the gun be connected to a crime) and the FFL was unable to produce the document, they’d be in serious trouble. At minimum, they’d almost certainly lose their license to deal in firearms.
Mr. Palmieri was smart not to comply with whatever the Secret Service was trying to do. Their alleged request was illegal, immoral, and would have left Palmieri fully liable.
As for Hunter’s actions, is anyone really surprised? Will he face consequences for his Form 4473 perjury?
I’ll go ahead and guess it’s a “no” on both accounts.