Vice President Biden defended a proposed assault weapons ban on Tuesday during an online town hall.

Biden, responding to a question about what a possible ban would mean for citizens who want to defend themselves, argued that someone can still properly defend themselves without owning an automatic weapon.

“If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun,” Biden said during the town hall, which was hosted by Parents magazine. “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.”

Biden’s comments come as the Obama administration continues to push a package of new proposals aimed at preventing shooting massacres similar to the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which resulted in 28 deaths. In his State of the Union address earlier in February, President Obama urged Congress to pass legislation adding universal background checks for gun purchasers, and at least hold a vote on an assault weapons ban.