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.
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.
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.