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Vancouver Man Facing Firearms Charge Plans "Biden Defense"

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VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A prosecutor plans to dismiss a firearms charge because he doubts a jury would convict a Washington man who says he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden when firing a shotgun in the air.

Jeffrey Barton of Vancouver had been scheduled for trial next week. However, a Clark County Prosecutor says the man will instead face a charge of obstructing a police officer.

Barton says he fired the gun in July 2013 to chase away three men who appeared to be breaking into his vehicles. He planned the "Biden defense" based on a statement the vice president made saying people don't need automatic weapons because shooting a shotgun in the air should scare off intruders.
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