A source with knowledge of the situation has revealed to TheBlaze that in October 2018, Hunter Biden's handgun was taken from his vehicle without his knowledge by Hallie Biden — the widow of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son Beau — and she placed it in a garbage can outside a Delaware supermarket.
But after a subsequent search, the gun couldn't be found, the source said. And after law enforcement was contacted and both Hunter Biden and Hallie Biden were questioned, the source said no arrests were made and no charges were filed.
Delaware State Police on Thursday told TheBlaze the case was referred for a decision on prosecution to the Delaware Department of Justice, which has not yet returned TheBlaze's request for comment on this case.
In addition, the source also said agents from the United States Secret Service as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives visited the shop where Hunter Biden purchased the gun prior to any report being filed.
What are the details?
In 2018, Hallie Biden and Hunter Biden were in a relationship and had gone public with it a year before. They ended their relationship in 2019. On the date of the incident in question — Oct. 23, 2018 — the source with knowledge told TheBlaze that Hallie Biden searched through Hunter Biden's vehicle, found a handgun, removed it, and then later threw it in a garbage can outside a supermarket.
The source added that later Hallie Biden contacted Hunter Biden, told him what she did, and that Hunter Biden told her to go back and get the gun — but upon attempting that, she couldn't find the gun.
When Hunter Biden arrived at the supermarket, the source with knowledge said he told law enforcement the gun was purchased earlier in October, that he used it for target practice, and that he kept it in his vehicle instead of Hallie Biden's house so it was not near her children.
Neither Hallie Biden nor Hunter Biden were forthcoming on why Hallie Biden would take the gun and throw it in a supermarket trash can, the source with knowledge said.
The source added to TheBlaze that when Hunter Biden was asked by law enforcement if he had contacted anyone about this incident, he asked if that meant his father, Joe Biden, and then said, "I have never called my dad for anything" and that he always handled his own affairs.
After about two hours no gun was located, and the source with knowledge said law enforcement let Hunter Biden and Hallie Biden leave the scene of the incident. The source added that Hunter Biden retrieved the case for the gun, which included its serial number, and turned it over to law enforcement. The source then said a description of the gun and its serial number were entered into the National Crime Information Center site, and a face page was completed for a Theft of Firearm report.
The scenario potentially implicates a number of Delaware laws, including laws that make it a crime to leave a loaded firearm where children might easily retrieve it.
Visit by Secret Service and ATF
The source with knowledge also said ATF and Secret Service agents visited the shop where Hunter Biden purchased the gun prior to any report being filed.
The source said the ATF asked the shop owner for the file on Hunter Biden's gun purchase — and that a copy was provided. In addition, the source said Secret Service agents also visited the shop prior to any report being filed, and that they needed to find the gun.
It was not immediately clear why the Secret Service would have properly been involved in the investigation since Hunter Biden's last day of Secret Service protection was July 8, 2014.
This story has been updated