What Hollywood's Biggest Names Have Said About Guns

Gun control is a contentious issue in the United States. Mass shootings provoke conversations about whether the country should have tighter gun laws, but nothing seems to change.

In a presidential election year, though, an issue like gun control is even more important. In Refinery29's Vote Your Values poll, conducted with ABC News, 11% of millennial women listed gun rights as the most important issue in this election out of topics polled.

Gun rights might be a controversial topic, but that hasn't stopped celebrities from sharing their opinions about it. Many celebrities have spoken out in support of tighter gun-control legislation. And, of those who support the right to bear arms, some still want heavier restrictions on gun sales and ownership. There are also a number of celebrities who have admitted they feel safer with guns in their homes — like Brad Pitt, for instance.

Click through to see what some of Hollywood's biggest names have said about the gun debate. We'll be updating this list with more celebrities' opinions, so be sure to check back as the election season continues.
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Meghan Trainor

"I think it's ridiculous that random crazy people can buy guns," the "All About That Bass" singer told Billboard Music. "I think it's absurd."

She was one of the 200 people in the music industry who signed a letter advocating for gun-control reform in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting.

She added, "Like, I had friends from London that are like, 'This is why I'll never live over here.' I'm like, 'Why? What's wrong?' They're like, 'You have guns.' I'm like, 'Oh, yeah, it's pretty bad.'"
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Trevor Noah

The South African comedian has been vocal about his support for gun control. In his Daily Show segment following the mass shooting in Orlando, FL, he said: "I wonder if President Obama ever thought to himself that mass-shooting speeches would be such a big part of his job. Because at this point he’s hosted 12 state dinners, but he’s had to give 16 mass-shooting addresses…It is glaringly obvious: America needs to make it a lot harder for people who shouldn’t have guns to get guns."

Following the police shootings in Dallas, he tweeted: "One step forward, ten steps back. The point is to save lives not trade places."
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Lin-Manuel Miranda

The Hamilton star joined more than 180 people in the music industry in the signing of an open letter calling for Congress to help end gun violence.

The letter was published on the front page of Billboard and was crafted with the help of the gun-violence prevention group, Everytown for Gun Safety.

"We call on Congress to do more to prevent the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day and injures hundreds more," the letter reads. "Billboard and the undersigned implore you — the people who are elected to represent us — to close the deadly loopholes that put the lives of so many music fans, and all of us, at risk."

Other stars who signed the letter include Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, Joan Jett, Sia, and Billy Joel.
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Chrissy Teigen & John Legend

When the Senate didn't vote to approve four gun control measures following the Orlando tragedy, Legend and Teigen tweeted their displeasure with the news.

Legend tweeted, "The foolishness and heartlessness coming from our Congress re: gun control is not surprising, but still so very disappointing and shameful." He also encouraged Americans to "vote the GOP out of leadership" in the House and Senate this November.

Teigen chimed in by imitating a Twitter troll in response to Legend's tweets. "no john. My right to own 7 AR-15's is more important than your 'COMFORT' used 2 respect u! Stick to music unfollow#" Teigen tweeted. Legend responded with a simple "#blocked."
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Kim Kardashian

After the tragedy in Orlando, Kardashian took to Twitter to speak out about the "loophole" in U.S. gun laws. "Under current federal law people on terror watch lists can legally buy guns — this is called the Terror Gap," Kardashian tweeted.

She followed the statement with another tweet, adding, "We have repeatedly called on Congress to close this loophole that makes it easy for dangerous people to get guns & kill."

And in another tweet, Kardashian wrote, "Nothing has changed!!!! People continue to senselessly die. When will these gun laws be changed?!?!?!?!!!!?????"
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Debra Messing

Messing, like Amy Schumer, posted a photo of herself wearing orange in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Unfortunately, Messing's tweet came at the time reports broke about an active shooter situation at UCLA, which police confirmed was a murder-suicide. Messing deleted her original tweet, sharing a message explaining that her orange-shirt photo was pre-planned. "In an effort to highlight the irony, I posted a picture referencing the breaking news," Messing wrote in a note shared to Twitter. "I am heartbroken and embarrassed that many people misconstrued my actions and that I caused offense."
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Tom Arnold

Arnold, in conjunction with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, was holding a press conference about preventing gun violence when news broke that there was an active shooter on UCLA's campus. The shooting, confirmed by police as a murder-suicide, left two people dead.

"I can see UCLA from my office," Arnold said to reporters as the events unfolded, according to Variety. He also shared the story of his nephew, Spencer, who killed himself using a gun, which he was able to obtain despite previous suicide attempts.
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Amy Schumer

In an April episode of her Comedy Central sketch series, Schumer, along with Kyle Dunnigan, skewered loopholes that allow people to buy guns from unlicensed sellers at gun shows. Schumer partnered with Everytown for Gun Safety to create the sketch.

"If you go to a gun show, you can get an unlicensed seller to sell you a gun, no questions asked," Dunnigan says in the clip.

The episode wasn't the first time the comedian spoke out about gun safety, either — a 2015 Inside Amy Schumer sketch compared how difficult it is to get contraceptive care with how difficult it is to obtain guns in the United States.

On June 2, Schumer also shared a photo of herself wearing orange to promote gun safety, adding the caption, "Today please #wearorange for gun safety! #everytown."
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Samantha Bee

"It turned out the organization that makes it easier to get a gun than Sudafed, makes it nearly impossible to acquire their giant dancing eagle," Bee said of the NRA during a segment of her TBS show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
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Vince Vaughn

"I support people having a gun in public full stop, not just in your home," Vaughn told GQ in 2015. "We don't have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government. It's not about duck hunting; it's about the ability of the individual. It's the same reason we have freedom of speech."
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Julianne Moore

"The Second Amendment protects the right of a United States citizen to bear arms," Moore wrote in an April 2016 issue of Lenny Letter. "But a gun is a machine. And if you choose to bear arms, you have a responsibility to bear them safely."
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Josh Gad

"I feel like I live in a bizarro world when I hear people denying the need for background checks," Gad tweeted in January. "WTF."
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Susan Sarandon

"How much more suffering & loss will it take before we better regulate the sale of arms in our country?" Sarandon tweeted in 2012. "Let @NRA know how you feel."
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Brad Pitt

"America is a country founded on guns. It's in our DNA. It's very strange but I feel better having a gun. I really do," Pitt told The Daily Mail in 2012. "I don't feel safe, I don't feel the house is completely safe, if I don't have one hidden somewhere. That's my thinking, right or wrong."
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