Asked whether the Obama administration's proposed gun laws hinder self-defense, Vice President Joe Biden disclosed Wednesday the advice he has given his wife about the use of a shotgun at the Bidens' Wilmington, Delaware, home. But, noted Steven Nelson on USNews.com, if Dr. Jill Biden follows her husband's advice, she could find herself on the wrong side of Delaware law.
Biden was fielding questions about the Obama administration's proposed gun regulations during a Facebook "chat" hosted by Parents magazine when one of the e-mailed questions put to the vice president had to do with self-defense for women and whether the restrictions proposed by the president would leave people unable to defend themselves, even in their own homes. Biden, who heads the administration's task force on gun violence, said the proposed ban on "assault weapons" and high-capacity magazines would not impair the defense of hearth and home. He recommended a shotgun for that purpose, noting that he keeps two shotguns and the ammunition for them in a locked cabinet in his home. Said Biden:
Get a double-barreled shotgun. Have the shells in the 12 gauge shotgun. And I promise you — as I told my wife — we live in an area that's in the woods and somewhat secluded. 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. I promise you whoever is coming in is not going to. "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. Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.
But Delaware law forbids the discharge of a firearm in the situation Biden described unless the danger is clearly and imminently life threatening. Nelson quoted a Wilmington police sergeant who said city residents may not fire at mere trespassers.
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