Biden's 'Shotgun' Advice Could Land His Wife In Jail, Legal Experts Warn

Joe Schoffstall
By Joe Schoffstall | February 21, 2013 | 2:09 PM EST

While arguing why AR-15's are not needed and double-barrel shotguns would suffice, Vice President Joe Biden claimed he told his wife if an intruder were ever on their property, to go outside and fire two shots into the air.

Problem with this is, that advice could land Jill Biden in jail for felony aggravated menacing and reckless endangering from shooting a gun into the air in Delaware, legal experts tell U.S. News.

U.S. News reports that Biden told his wife Jill, "[I]f 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. 

But, here's where the problems arise, as U.S. News points out:

"However, Delaware law would likely make his suggestion illegal-unless the shots were fired in self-defense in a truly life-threatening situation."

"A sergeant with the Wilmington, Del., police department explained to U.S. News that city residents are not allowed to fire guns on their property."

Defense attorney John Garey-a former Delaware deputy attorney general-agreed, and added that several criminal charges might result if Jill Biden took her husband's advice: "In Delaware you have to be in fear of your life to use deadly force." "There's nothing based on his scenario alone" indicating a reason to fear imminent death," he noted.

Maybe it's best she doesn't take his advice, as she could be charged with aggravated menacing- which is a felony- and reckless endangering of the first degree, according to Garey.

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