The statement from Gun Owners of America, one of the largest gun rights groups in the country, suggests that gun advocates will be threading a needle when discussing the indictment against the president’s son – who conservatives have targeted in their political attacks in the run-up to the campaign. in the 2024 election. The NRA issued a similar line on how Hunter Biden should be treated.
“Laws should be enforced equally against all criminals,” NRA spokesman Billy McLaughlin told POLITICO in a brief statement.
Hunter Biden was indicted Thursday on three firearms-related charges, stemming from his possession of a pistol during a time when he openly admitted to using crack cocaine. His lawyers have already said they will use the Second Amendment as a defense against such charges.
During his tenure as president, Joe Biden spearheaded a bipartisan gun deal that placed moderate restrictions on firearms, including funding for state-level “alert” laws. And he has continued to openly advocate for more laws aimed at restricting guns, such as banning assault weapons and strengthening background checks.
Betsy Woodruff Swan contributed to this report.