- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hollywood’s Brad Pitt, born in Oklahoma and raised in Missouri, said he’s not only a committed pro-Second Amendment rights American, but he’s also owned a gun since he was a kid.

“There’s a rite of passage where I grew up of inheriting your ancestors’ weapons,” said Mr. Pitt, 50, The Independent reported. “My brother got my dad’s. I got my grandfather’s shotgun when I was in kindergarten.”

Mr. Pitt said he was first given an air gun and then the shotgun, all by age 6. And by the time he was 8 years old, he had already fired his first handgun, he said, Fox News reported.

Mr. Pitt — who recently traded wedding vows with longtime, live-in girlfriend Angelina Jolie — said he doesn’t really feel safe in his home, with his wife and their six children, unless he has a gun nearby.

“The positive is that my father instilled in me a profound and deep respect for the weapon,” Mr. Pitt said, Fox News reported.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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