Man who fired off shotgun: Biden told me to do it

by CNN.com  |  published on July 18, 2013

Joe Biden
A Washington state man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to illegally firing a shotgun to scare people off his property, saying he was just following Vice President Joe Biden’s advice.

Jeffery Barton, 52, said at his arraignment in Clark County that he thought people were trying to break into his car and fired his shotgun to frighten them away.

“I did what Joe Biden told me to do,” Barton told CNN affiliate KOIN. “I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air.”

In February, at the height of the gun control debate that dominated Washington following the Newtown elementary school shooting, Biden dispensed some general advice during an online question-and-answer session.

“If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barreled shot gun,” he said.

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