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Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013, 7:57 a.m.

Man who fired shotgun invokes Biden defense

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A Vancouver 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 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 told KOIN "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 it's not allowed except in self-defense.

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