The Secret Service attempted to retrieve gun paperwork from a Wilmington, Delaware, shop in October 2018 after a firearm allegedly owned by Hunter Biden went missing, according to a report.
According to a police document obtained by Politico, Biden’s sister-in-law Hallie, who started a romantic relationship with him after her husband, and his brother, Beau died in 2015, took the gun and placed it in a public trash can near a grocery store.
After his sister-in-law told him where she placed the firearm, Biden instructed her to go retrieve the gun later that day, but she found it was no longer in the trash where she threw it away.
Local police were notified and alerted to the scene. The report noted that the missing gun caused a stir due to the grocery store being located near a school, and authorities were concerned that it could be used in a potential crime.
In addition to the police report, Politico obtained copies of the Firearms Transaction Record and a receipt for the gun dated Oct. 12, 2018. The firearm went missing on Oct. 23, shortly after it was placed in the garbage.
According to the paperwork, Biden responded “no” to a question on the transaction record that asked, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?” His response came five years after he was discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine. He and his family have publicly discussed his history of drug use.
Lying on the form is a felony, although the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported that prosecutions for lying on a form are rare.
While Biden and his sister-in-law were questioned by local police, Secret Service agents apparently asked the owner of the store, where Biden bought the gun, to hand over the paperwork related to the sale.
The owner refused because he was concerned that the service would hide Biden’s ownership of the gun if it became involved in a crime.
While the report said the Secret Service was involved in the matter, the agency told the Washington Examiner that it had “no involvement in this incident.” No charges or arrests came of the missing gun event.
President Joe Biden, who was not under Secret Service protection at the time, said through a White House spokesperson that he has no knowledge of the service’s involvement in the incident. A White House spokesperson confirmed to the Washington Examiner that Biden was not under Secret Service protection in 2018, as the family’s full-time protection lasted from 2009 to 2017 before resuming in March 2020.
The gun was reportedly handed in days after the investigation started in 2018 by a person who regularly digs through the grocery store’s trash to collect recyclable items, according to people familiar with the case.
The Washington Examiner reached out to the Wilmington Police Department, and George Mesires, a lawyer for Hunter Biden, but did not immediately receive a response.
Source: Washington Examiner : Secret Service sought paperwork for Hunter Biden’s missing gun: Report