Vancouver man shoots at prowlers, says it was VP Biden's advice

Vancouver man shoots at prowlers, says it was VP Biden's advice

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 28: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) speaks while flanked Vice President Joseph Biden (L) and relatives of gun violence victims, in the East Room at the White House, on March 28, 2013 in Washington. President Obama urged Congress to pass measures such as background checks to protect children from gun violence. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 7:41 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 8:28 AM

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A Washington state man who fired a shotgun in the air to chase away car prowlers says he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden.

Jeffrey Barton, of Vancouver, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Clark County court to a charge of illegally discharging a firearm. The 52-year-old fired the shot Monday when he thought people were breaking into his vehicles.

Outside of court, Barton said, "I did what Joe Biden told me to do. I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air."

In an answer to a home defense question in February, the vice president said Americans don't need semi-automatic weapons because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders.

Sheriff's deputies said that's not allowed except in self-defense.

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