Wash. man's gun shooting defense: Just following Joe Biden's advice

VANCOUVER, Wash. A Washington state man who fired a shotgun in the air to chase away car prowlers says he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden.

Jeffrey Barton, of Vancouver, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Clark County court to a charge of illegally discharging a firearm. The 52-year-old fired the shot Monday when he thought people were breaking into his vehicles.

Biden: "get a double-barreled shotgun"

Outside of court, Barton told CBS affiliate KOIN, "I did what Joe Biden told me to do. I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air."

In an answer to a home defense question in February, the vice president saidAmericans don't need semi-automatic weapons because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders.

"If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barreled shotgun," Biden said at the time.

"As I told my wife... I said 'Jill, if there's ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here ... put that double-barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,'" Biden added.

But sheriff's deputies said firing a gun is not allowed except in self-defense.