20th Century Fox
by Leslie Gornstein | Thu., Jan. 31, 2013 7:30 AM
20th Century Fox
As the gun control testimony goes on in the news, can you give me a list of stars who are proud gun owners?
—Pamela, New Jersey, via Twitter
Over the years, plenty of stars have said they own firearms, and not just the obvious pistol-packers like Ted Nugent.
And to be clear about it, their statements may not have been made in the context of the current—very heated, very sensitve—debate.
In past years, Angelina Jolie has said that, in no uncertain terms, she owns guns. And the list doesn't end there.
Veteran entertainers James Earl Jones and Whoopi Goldberg both have confirmed membership in the National Rifle Association. Goldberg also indicated she owns guns during an episode of the The View last spring, saying, "I don't mind having to register and let [the government] know that I have them."
Jolie told the Daily Mail in 2008 that "I bought original, real guns of the type we used in Tomb Raider for security. Brad and I are not against having a gun in the house, and we do have one.
"And yes, I'd be able to use it if I had to...If anybody comes into my home and tries to hurt my kids, I've no problem shooting them."
The Avengers star/witch hunter Jeremy Renner has made a similar statement: "I'm for guns. I own guns and I don't think guns kill people, I think people kill people."
Miranda Lambert is another proud gun owner; she's estimated she owns 8 to 10 firearms, plus bows for hunting.
"I got a death threat a few years ago and was really scared," she told Self mag. "But I don't want bodyguards. I am my own security."
Plenty of other celebs have applied for licenses to carry concealed weapons over the years, though whether they currently pack heat is unclear. In this category, you can include Jennifer Lopez's ex, Marc Anthony; Robert DeNiro and Donald Trump.
But overall, it's tough to say which stars are, at this very moment, running around with guns under their shirts. After all, it's the rare star who makes an admission like those above.
"I can't give you specific names," says Mell Flynn of the Hollywood Congress of Republicans. "Also, this is a tricky subject because criminals target homes of gun owners to steal the guns ... I'm not sure if it's a good idea to make this sort of thing public information."
No problem. We'll let the stars do the talking on this one.