Washington state resident Jeffrey Barton plead not guilty Wednesday to illegally charging a firearm. The man claimed that Monday morning, he spotted suspicious individuals that he suspected were trying to break into his cars. Sensing a threat, Barton grabbed his shotgun, went outside and fired a blast into the air in an attempt to scare off the intruders. The plan worked, but Washington police were still plenty irritated with Barton’s tactics.
Normally this kind of thing would get virtually no coverage whatsoever, except Barton has a pretty unique defense. “I did what Joe Biden told me to do,” Barton said outside court. “I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air.”
The “advice” Barton is referring to came from some comments Biden made earlier in the year when he was on a cross country tour advocating for gun control. “Buy a shotgun,” Biden said at the time. “You don’t need an AR-15. It’s harder to aim, it’s harder to use and in fact, you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself.”
While it’s shocking to think that the Vice President isn’t in the know on the widely varying gun laws in each of the 50 states he oversees, that seems to be the case as Clark County sheriff’s deputies have stated that residents are only allowed to fire their weapons into the air in matters of self-defense or life threatening danger.