15 Celebrities You’d Be Surprised Own a Gun and the Reasons Why
We often imagine Hollywood as a liberal enclave, but many celebrities hold more diverse views than you think. When it comes to gun ownership and the Second Amendment, this especially holds true. Some of these celebrity gun owners might surprise you. Others, probably not so much. See how many of these make you say “yup, that checks out.”
1. Samuel L. Jackson
The actor stated his pro-gun stance following the Sandy Hook elementary school mass shooting. He told the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t think it’s about more gun control. I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren’t taught the value of life.”
Next: This actor grew up with target practice, and intends to pass on the tradition.
2. Johnny Depp
According to The Huffington Post, Johnny Depp learned to shoot as a kid. “We would just go out and line up a bunch of cans and shoot with rifles, handguns and at times, submachine guns,” he said, in 2009. “When I was a kid, it was a controlled atmosphere, we weren’t shooting at humans – we were shooting at cans and bottles mostly.” He added that he will “most certainly” pass on the tradition to his own kids.
Next: This actor got very vocal about a well-known activist group.
3. Jennifer Lawrence
In 2012, Jennifer Lawrence came under fire for saying “Screw PETA!” after a squirrel-skinning controversy. She added that she also holds gun-ownership aspirations. Her ideal future involves “having a nice house with a big dog and a shotgun,” she told Rolling Stone. However, she praised the teen survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for confronting politicians and working to enact change.
“I think what they’re doing is amazing,” she said. “I think it’s really about time. Citizens, we don’t feel safe, and if these kids don’t feel safe then they need to do something about it. I admire what they’re doing and I think they’re really brave.”
Next: The following actor holds a permit to carry a weapon.
4. Marc Anthony
Singer Marc Anthony holds a concealed-carry permit, according to the New York Daily News. Anthony’s special carry permit allows him to carry a loaded weapon in secret, for protection. He got it under his real name, Marco Antonio Muniz, and also put in an application for a similar permit in Nassau County.
Next: This comedian also holds membership in a gun rights organization.
5. Whoopi Goldberg
In 2009, Whoopi Goldberg said she does have a membership in the NRA. When asked if she was holding, she replied, “You don’t want to find out.” Later, she spoke to Rand Paul about gun control. “I’m a gun owner,” she said. “I don’t mind that you know I own a gun. You can come to my house and look for it.” However, she does not support private citizens owning automatic weapons. “I don’t understand why anyone objects to getting rid of automatic weapons. Automatic weapons do nothing. They’re only there to kill,” she said.
Next: This rapper cited an interesting case for keeping his gun.
6. Ice T
Rapper and actor Ice T also stands as part of the pro-gun contingent. “I’ll give up my gun when everybody else does,” he said. “The right to bear arms is because that’s the last form of defense against tyranny. Not to hunt. It’s to protect yourself from the police,” he explained. “If somebody wants to kill people, they don’t need a gun to do it.”
Next: This man also holds an NRA membership, but not a “political one.”
7. James Earl Jones
“I am a member of the National Rifle Association, but not a political member,” said James Earl Jones. He explained that he “throws the political mail from the NRA into the trash” in his memoir Voices and Silences. The actor does not believe in the NRA’s politics, but he does believe in his right to bear arms. His wife, Cecilia Hart does belong to the anti-gun lobby however. Of her stance, Jones joked, “we pretty much cancel each other out.”
Next: This actress has packed some heat in her films and at home.
8. Angelina Jolie
The former Tomb Raider star not only bought the same type of guns she had in the movie, but got a set custom-made by Jesse James. “And yes, I’d be able to use it if I had to,” she said. “If anybody comes into my home and tries to hurt my kids, I’ve no problem shooting them.” Jolie and her ex-husband Brad Pitt both love firearms.
“I built this custom pair of Cisco 1911’s for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt,” James explained. “Both are government size. Her’s is chambered in 9mm and his in .45acp . Both are hand fit from all oversize parts, making them incredibly accurate, well shooting pistols.”
Next: This famous couple also keeps guns around.
9. Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher
According to The Daily Mail, Ashton Kutcher admitted that he and Demi Moore bought guns together. “It’s also good for when the girls [Moore’s three daughters] bring boys back to the house; I take them out and show them how to shoot,” he said. Moore also bought her daughter Rumer a gun-shaped cake for her daughter’s 26th birthday.
Next: This country music star’s reasoning for packing might surprise you.
10. Miranda Lambert
“I carry a weapon,” Miranda Lambert told Self magazine in 2012. The singer said she packs heat for her own protection. “I got a death threat a few years ago and was really scared,” she explained. “But I don’t want bodyguards. I am my own security.” Lambert’s gun enthusiasm did not stop there. She even wore gun-and-holster shoes at the 2016 Country Music Awards.
Next: This star’s affinity for guns started early.
11. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt got his first gun in kindergarten, and has enjoyed firearms ever since. He said his father gave him a “deep and profound” respect for firearms. “America is a country founded on guns. It’s in our DNA. It’s very strange but I feel better having a gun,” he explained. “I don’t feel the house is completely safe, if I don’t have one hidden somewhere. That’s my thinking, right or wrong.”
Next: This action star also joins the list of celebrity gun owners.
12. Bruce Willis
Although he considers himself a pacifist, Bruce Willis said he will get violent if he has to. “Everyone has a right to bear arms. If you take guns away from legal gun owners, then the only people who have guns are the bad guys,” he once said.
Even after the Sandy Hook massacre, Willis came out in support of the Second Amendment. He went on record saying, “I think that you can’t start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it’s all going to become undone. If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn’t they take all your rights away from you?”
Next: The following controversial pop star put out a “manifesto” about her gun usage.
Madonna put out a statement after her “MDNA” tour drew criticism for guns and Nazi iconography. She explains the use of fake guns as metaphors and hit back at fans who criticized her gun glorification. “That would be like asking people to not have guns in action movies,” she said. “I mean the thing is, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. That whole first section of the show is like an action movie, and I was playing a super vixen who wanted revenge.”
After the Sandy Hook massacre, she said she does not condone violence but also did not agree with delaying violent film releases out of respect for victims.”This all comes from fear and ignorance, and people not really raising their children, or not paying attention to what’s going on,” she said.
Next: This actor and director’s gun ownership actually does not surprise us.
14. Clint Eastwood
Actor and director Clint Eastwood does own a gun and has come out in support of firearms, in the past. He once said, “I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.” He also criticized gun buyback programs. “Participating in a gun buyback program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids,” he once said.
Next: This shock jock went on a rant about the Second Amendment.
15. Howard Stern
The deejay Howard Stern went on a huge tirade about gun rights in the wake of the killing of 49 people at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando. He spent all three of his shows taking down the perpetrator, while saying the “sheep” need to arm themselves against the “wolves.”
“I’m so upset about Orlando and what went down,” he said. “But I can’t believe these people who come out afterwards and their answer to Orlando is to take away guns from the public. It’s f—ing mind-blowing to me.”
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