A man from Washington named Jeffrey Barton faced arraignment for illegal discharge and aiming of a firearm. He plead Not Guilty and his defense is that he was just following the Vice presidents advice. Most of us remember the youtube videos going viral making fun of the VP’s advice to “buy a shot gun” and “fire it into the air” [see video posted below]. Now it seems things are getting a little more serious regarding that advice, as Barton actually followed it firing shots into the trying to scare away people he thought were breaking into vehicles and in the process he now finds himself facing criminal charges.
“[S]heriff’s deputies told KOIN 6 News Wednesday that current law does not afford people the right to just fire off their gun. There must be a self-defense component, along with a life-threatening situation — none of which appeared to be the case here, they said,” KOIN-TV reports.