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 “assualt” 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. Continue reading via White House Dossier...