According to Politico, Hunter purchased a .38 caliber handgun just five days before the video was shot. Just like any other firearm buyer, Hunter was required to fill out the relevant documentation. On one of the forms, he was asked, "Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?"
As Politico reported, records show Hunter answered "no," despite his well-known history of addiction to cocaine. He was thus given the all-clear and received the handgun, however it has not been confirmed that it is the same as the one he brandishes in the video taken less than a week later.
The timing of the revelations coincides with his father's call on the government to pass laws that would make it harder, if not impossible, for individuals deemed risky to purchase firearms.
As the New York Post reported, many did not take too kindly to the President's own son appearing to violate the laws his father was pushing for.
"Before proposing or passing any new federal gun legislation the Biden administration ought to enforce existing laws," said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), "regardless of who is violating them, even if that person is the president’s son."
"I've written oversight letters to the U.S. Secret Service, FBI and ATF regarding the incident involving Hunter's gun dumped in a trash can behind a grocery store across from a high school in Delaware," he added.
Johnson wass referring to Hunter's girlfriend, his late brother's ex-wife Hallie, who threw his gun in a dumpster behind Janssen’s Market in Wilmington, Delaware out of fear that Hunter would use it to kill himself.
Texts released by the Post appear to show that the gun in question was the aforementioned .38.
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