He may be a gun enthusiast, but when pressed by CNN’s Piers Morgan, Charlie Sheen says he favors stricter gun laws.
Appearing on Thursday’s Piers Morgan Tonight, the Anger Management star sounded off on the hot-button issue—which found renewed vigor in the wake of the Newtown school shooting—suggesting assault weapon activists like the NRA aren’t “winning” in the view of the victims’ families.
“If anybody from the NRA wants to look any of those parents in the eyes from that school and tell them that guns are still necessary, then I urge them to, and see how that goes,” the 47-year-old Sheen told the former tabloid editor-turned-TV pundit, who drew conservative ire for his antigun stance.
Sheen noted he had long been a gun collector, not so much for hunting but rather for sport as he used to practice shooting at a range at his house.
But because of a past domestic violence rap against him, the erstwhile warlock revealed that he no longer owns them.
“I was a target shooter, more of a weapons collector of a lot of vintage stuff all through the years of various weaponry,” he said. “Then I had a domestic and [authorities] took them all away and I haven’t gotten them back…I’m OK with it. I have a security team that’s pretty well armed.”
Despite his support for more gun control, Sheen confessed that he missed shooting as it was a positive outlet.
“It was very zen for me,” he said.
The last month hasn’t been zen for Morgan necessarily. The CNN host has been the focus of a petition by gun rights extremists seeking to deport him for his outspoken views. The White House, however, has since defended his right to free speech.
by Josh Grossberg