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White House Defends Biden’s ‘Double-Barrel’ Self-Defense Advice

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- The White House Wednesday defended Vice President Joe Biden’s provocative suggestions that those concerned about an intruder in their home should “get a double-barrel shotgun” and “fire two blasts outside the house.”

“This president and this vice president, this administration firmly supports our Second Amendment rights, upheld by the Constitution, and that includes the right of homeowners, law-abiding American citizens, to have a firearm at their home to protect themselves in their home,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl.

During a Facebook Town Hall Tuesday, Biden told a questioner she’d be better off with a shotgun than an AR-15.  A shotgun is what Biden said he recommended to his own wife.

When pressed by Karl about whether the president agrees with Biden’s self-defense advice, Carney said the president did.

“I think the president does agree with the vice president that homeowners who are interested in utilizing their Second Amendment rights to own a firearm to protect themselves in their home, and their families in their home do not need a military-style assault weapon and that a shotgun would be a logical choice,” Carney said.

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