Joe Biden’s son has been found guilty of illegally buying a gun after hiding his drug use.

Hunter Biden, 54, was convicted of three firearm charges in the first criminal prosecution of a sitting US president’s offspring.

Prosecutors had said he lied on a form when buying a Colt Cobra revolver in October 2018 by stating he was not a drug user or addict, despite a problem with crack cocaine.

Hunter Biden. Pic: Reuters

Mr Biden pleaded not guilty to felony charges that included lying about his addiction when he filled out a government screening document for the revolver and illegally possessing the weapon for 11 days.

The verdicts came after the jury deliberated for about three hours.

His lawyer Abbe Lowell told jurors his client did not try to deceive as he had been clean when he bought the gun and did not consider himself a drug user then.

Mr Biden did not testify at the trial.

The case followed another historic first after last month’s criminal conviction of Donald Trump, the first former US president to be found guilty of a crime.

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