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Charges dropped against man who took advice from Noted Gun Expert Joe Biden

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A prosecutor says he’ll dismiss a firearms charge against a man who contends he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden when he fired a shotgun in the air to chase off intruders.

Jeffrey C. Barton had been scheduled for trial next week on the misdemeanor, The Columbian reported.

Barton will instead face a charge of obstructing a police officer, Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik said Tuesday.

Barton, 53, acknowledges firing the gun in July 2013 to chase away three men who appeared to be breaking into his vehicles in Vancouver.

He planned the so-called “Biden defense,” based on a statement the vice president made in February 2013 that people don’t need automatic weapons because shooting a shotgun in the air would scare off intruders.

Golik doubts a jury would be persuaded beyond a reasonable doubt that Barton violated the law.

“A person, even in a no-shooting zone, still has the right to defend their person or their property,” Golik said. “In this case, based on the facts, there is a reasonable argument that Mr. Barton may have been defending his person and property when he fired in the air.”

I’d rather Biden have been called to testify.

2 Responses to “Charges dropped against man who took advice from Noted Gun Expert Joe Biden”

  1. Sebastian Says:

    I’d pay to watch Biden testify in that situation.

  2. Veeshir Says:

    I’m not sure how to feel about that.

    If he’s stupid enough to admit taking advice from Joe Biden, I’d be agin.

    If he’s smart enough to admit taking advice from Joe Biden, I’d be fer.