The NRA released a list of “anti-gun” celebrities in 2013 (now deleted from its website). It included Hollywood actors and actresses who have supported gun control measures, such as the Brady Law or the Assault Weapons Ban, or have otherwise stated their support of firearms restrictions.
Despite their reported support for gun control, the following 50 celebrities have appeared on television or in movies as characters who used firearms, and in some cases, their roles arguably glamourized the use of guns.
1. Richard Dean AndersonRichard Dean Anderson holds a Beretta 92FS in Stargate SG-1. Anderson’s character MacGyver was the head of “Handgun Control, Inc.”
2. Tim RothTim Roth uses a DefTech 40mm multi launcher in The Incredible Hulk. He has appeared in at least 7 films where he has used or carried a firearm.
3. Kyra SedgwickKyra Sedgwick holds her Glock 26 in The Closer.
4. Ed AsnerEd Asner holds a Single Action Army in the film El Dorado.
5. Drew BarrymoreDrew Barrymore holds dual nickel Quickdraw SAAs in Bad Girls. In Hollywood, that would definitely make her a “bad girl.”
6. Jon Bon JoviBon Jovi hoists a Star Model BM in Vampires: Los Muertos.
7. Steve BuscemiBuscemi points an M1911A1 as Tony Blundetto on The Sopranos. He has appeared in at least 7 films using or carrying a firearm.
8. Billy CrystalCrystal holds a Colt Python in Analyze That. Even psychiatrists might need to carry a gun in the real world.
9. Danny DeVitoDeVito carries an S&W Model 65 as Ralph in Romancing the Stone. His character definitely need an “equalizer.”
10. Richard DreyfussDreyfuss unloads a Thompson in Dillinger. Such gangster films have long been a staple of Hollywood’s glamorization of robbers, outlaws, and mafioso.
11. David ArquetteArquette holds a Colt Navy in WIld Bill. It is no small irony that his character in the Scream films police officer Dewey fights a masked murderer who wields a knife against his unarmed victims before finally stabbing Dewey.
12. David DuchovnyDavid Duchovny holds a Mossberg 500 shotgun as Eugene Sands in Playing God. He carried several handguns as FBI Agent Fox Mulder in the X-files.
13. Alec BaldwinAlec Baldwin points a Colt MK IV Series 80 in Heaven’s Prisoners. Baldwin has carried or used a firearm in at least 10 films.
14. Kevin BaconAs Bobby Hayes in R.I.P.D., Bacon wielded a Remington 870. He used or carried a firearm in at least 8 films.
15. Sarah Jessica ParkerSarah Jessica Parker with a Glock 19 in Striking Distance.
16. Jodie FosterJodie Foster fires a Kahr K9 in The Brave One.
17. Kevin KlineKevin Kline holds a Walther P5 with a silencer in A Fish Called Wanda.
18. MadonnaWho’s that girl? It’s Madonna holding a Beretta 92F pistol.
19. Mike MyersSpoofing James Bond, Mike Myers has used many classic pistols in his role of Austin Powers. Here, he’s holding a Walther PPK/S .
20. Richard BelzerBelzer holds a a “Non-gun” here, but his character Detective John Munch has carried a number of Glocks; particularly, the Glock 17, 18, and 19 models.
21. Beau BridgesBridges points an H&K MP5KA4 in Max Payne.
22. George ClooneyClooney fires a Beretta 92FS as Maj. Archie Gates in Three Kings. Clooney has appeared in at least 11 films using or carrying a firearm.
23. Kevin CostnerCostner with a Smith & Wesson Model 15 in Perfect World. He has appeared in no less than 16 films using or carrying a firearm, including Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
24. Sean ConneryThe original James Bond, Connery holds his signature Walther PPK in Dr. No. James Bond is an iconic gun-wielding superagent in Hollywood lore.
25. Matt DamonAnother take on the superagent thriller is that of Jason Bourne, a rogue spy played by Matt Damon. Damon has carried or used an array of weaponry across 15 films.
26. Michael DouglasMichael Douglas memorably played anti-hero D-Fens in Falling Down, who is shown here holding an Uzi. He is appeared in at least 10 films carrying or using a firearm.
27. Jane FondaWell-known political activist Jane Fonda holds a Remington 1866 Derringer in Cat Ballou.
28. Richard GereRichard Gere gets the hose treatment in An Officer and a Gentleman while holding a Navy-issue rifle. Gere has appeared in at least 7 films using or carrying firearms.
29. Ethan HawkeHawke wields a Beretta 92FS in Training Day. He has appeared in at least 8 films using or carrying a gun.
30. Dustin HoffmanAcross 6 films, Hoffman used or carried a number of guns, including this Hawk MM1 grenade launcher in Ishtar.
31. Diane KeatonKeaton holds an AKS-47 selective-fire automatic weapon in The Little Drummer Girl.
32. Lisa KudrowKudrow holds a Brown Bess Flintlock Musket as Phoebe on Friends.
33. Denis LearyLeary holds a Kayaba Type 90 flare pistol in Demolition Man. He has used or carried a gun in at least 6 films.
34. John LeguizamoLeguizamo holds an M1911A1 in Executive Decision. He has appeared in at least 11 films holding or carrying a firearm.
35. Michelle PfiefferPfeiffer holds a Smith & Wesson Model 19 in Married to the Mob.
36. Meryl StreepMeryl Streep aims a BSA Lee-Speed Sporter rifle in Out of Africa.
37. Jack NicholsonNicholson points a Colt New Service as Jack Napier (aka The Joker) in Batman. He has appeared in at least 10 films using or carrying a gun.
38. Sharon StoneSharon Stone with a Smith & Wesson Model 60 revolver in Catwoman. She has appeared in at least 7 films using or carrying a firearm.
39. Dennis QuaidDennis Quaid with a Smith & Wesson Model 49 Bodyguard in The Big Easy. Quaid has used or carried firearms in at least 12 films.
40. Meg RyanMeg Ryan points a Beretta 92SB-C in Innerspace. She also played a Corporal in Courage Under Fire.
41. Martin SheenSheen has carried or used a firearm in at least 9 films, including this gun in The Cassandra Crossing.
42. Mira SorvinoSorvino holds a SIG-Sauer P226 pistolas an FBI agent in Free Money. She also carried a weapon in The Replacement Killers and The Final Cut.
43. Robert RedfordAs the iconic Sundance Kid, Robert Redford took on the Bolivian army with a Colt Single Action Army revolver. He carried or used a gun in at least 10 films.
44. Julia RobertsJulia Roberts plays the quintessential role of a woman in need of self-defense as she holds a H&K P9S in Sleeping with the Enemy. She carried or used a gun in at least 3 other films.
45. Vanessa WilliamsOnce a Miss America pageant winner, the former beauty queen appeared in two films where she used or carried a gun: Hoodlum and Eraser. Here, she holds an S&W Bodyguard.
46. Sylvester Stallone
47. Uma ThurmanUma Thurman carried a Star Firestar as Beatrix Kiddo in Kill Bill: Volume 2.
48. Sigourney WeaverSigourney Weaver has used or carried a gun in at least 8 films.
49. Catherine Zeta-JonesCatherine Zeta-Jones points an automatic weapon as a Russian spy in Reds 2. She has carried or used a firearm in at least 5 other movies.
50. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Undoubtedly, these celebrities support gun control with the best of intentions, but as Pew Research pointed out, gun homicides are down 49% since its peak in 1993. And CNN has repeatedly debunked the often-stated notion that mass shootings are on the rise.
Around 2.5% of all homicides in America were committed with rifles in 2011, and according to the FBI, only a fraction of those were “assault” rifles.
Now, the only question that remains: Wherever would Americans get the idea they need guns to defend themselves?
Images (non-gif) and gun usage info via the Internet Movie Firearms Database at IMDFB.org.