Vice President Biden’s suggestion this week that Americans could save themselves from a home invasion by firing warning shots into the air might land some people in jail.
Some homeowners, that is, not their potential attackers.
Depending on how imminent the danger is, firing a warning shot is a felony in at least some states.
During a Facebook “chat” Tuesday, Biden said he tells his wife to fire off a couple of rounds from a double-barrel shotgun to scare away intruders.
I said, ‘Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,'” Biden said.
Behind Biden’s strange advice was an effort to make the case that “assault” weapons firing multiple rounds are not needed for self defense.
“You don’t need an AR-15 – it’s harder to aim, it’s harder to use, and in fact you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself, Biden said. “Buy a shotgun! Buy a shotgun!”
According to USNews, Mrs. Biden could be charged in Delaware with aggravated menacing – a felony – and reckless endangering in the first degree. “You cannot use deadly force to protect property” a Delaware defense attorney told the website.
In a recent case remarkably similar to Biden’s scenario for his wife, a Tacoma, Washington man was charged with assault after he shot his gun into the air to try to frighten off two boys he says he thought were prowlers.
In another recent episode, a man in Mesquite, Texas was handcuffed, escorted to jail and charged with “discharging his weapon in a metropolitan area” after firing a warning shot into the ground on his own property to ward off men who had been trying to break into his home.
And in February, a New Hampshire man was charged with a felony after he fired a warning shot into the ground as a burglar attempted to break into a neighbor’s home. The charges were later dropped.
Below is the video of Biden counseling Americans to commit felonies.