- The Washington Times - Friday, March 1, 2013

Vice President Joseph R. Biden told a Field & Stream reporter in a published report on Monday that if “you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.”

That same day, a 22-year-old man in Virginia Beach, Va., did just that — and was charged with reckless handling of a firearm.

WAVY 10 reported that the man was in his bedroom when two armed masked men leaned through the window and warned him to close the bedroom door. The 22-year-old did — but not before he stepped into the hallway. He then grabbed his shotgun and fired several shots through his closed bedroom door, toward the window.


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U.S. News reports he was subsequently arrested on reckless handling of firearm charges. The two suspects have not been caught, but no injuries have been reported.

Mr. Biden, who is a key figure pushing President Obama’s gun-control platform, including a ban on so-called assault weapons and limits to magazine ammunition, has given other questionable firearms instruction on previous occasions.

In a recent interview, he said he told his wife that if she ever experienced a problem with a home intruder, to “just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put [out] that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,” various media reported.


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Attorneys in Delaware, where Mr. and Mrs. Biden make their home, said to do so would be illegal. It’s a felony reckless endangerment violation to fire a weapon into the air in the state.