Charlie Sheen revealed he’s a former gun enthusiast who now supports President Obama’s call for stricter gun controls in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre last month.
The fun-loving sitcom star got into the subject of gun law with Piers Morgan on CNN Thursday night — part of Sheen’s current publicity tour to promote the return of his FX sitcom, “Anger Management,” that same evening.
It was probably inevitable that the gun issue would come up on “Piers Morgan Tonight” since Morgan himself has become part of the debate with strong anti-gun views that have angered pro-gun groups.
Sheen, 47, told Morgan he himself was a gun hobbyist and collector — right up until a judge ordered that Sheen be completely disarmed stemming from a domestic abuse charge in 2009. The incident involved Sheen’s ex-wife Brooke Mueller.
As you might expect, Sheen, who is nothing if not candid, was not embarrassed in the slightest to talk about that on “Piers Morgan.” “I’m OK with it,” Sheen said about being divested of his weaponry — according to this story on the Hollywood Reporter Web site. Nevertheless, he added, “I have a security team that is pretty well-armed.”
Sheen said he used to collect vintage guns, and even had a shooting range in the basement of his home that he loved using. “It was very Zen for me,” said Sheen, who added, no doubt to the relief of many: “But I didn’t carry.”
The actor explained his current views on gun control this way: “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,” he said. “We’re not supposed to bury our children.”