Amanda Peet Defends Gun Control, But ‘I Have a Lot of Friends Who Own Guns’

February 7, 2013 - 11:13 AM

Amanda Peet

Actress Amanda Peet endorses gun control on Capitol Hill on Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Actress Amanda Peet said new gun control legislation that would ban 157 weapons and limit the size of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds will not infringe on the Second Amendment.

“I have a lot of friends who own guns,” she told a gathering in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

Peet was among the actors and lawmakers who convened on Capitol Hill to “demand a plan for gun violence.” She advocates the Democrats’ proposed “assault weapons” ban and other gun control measures.

CNSNews.com asked Peet about Bruce Willis, her co-star in The Whole Nine Yards, who warned that new gun control laws could infringe on the Second Amendment.

“Bruce Willis has come out and said don’t infringe on the Second Amendment, and if you start pulling away at the Bill of Rights it will all unravel.  Do you agree with what he’s saying, and do you think that the call for this gun control legislation will infringe on the Second Amendment?”

“I’m quite certain that it won’t infringe on the Second Amendment and that, you know, I have a lot of friends who own guns,” Peet said.  “My husband, when I was dating him, used to go to the gun range quite often. “

Peet added, “It’s important not to be divisive and not to exaggerate the differences and find places where there is consensus.”

The star of the upcoming Identity Thief also said she did not know whether the Second Amendment was meant for protection against tyranny, saying, “You’d have to ask a Constitutional lawyer.”

CNSNews.com asked, “What do you believe is the purpose of the Second Amendment?”

“Well, I think it’s pretty explicit, isn’t it?” Peet answered.

CNSNews.com followed up, “But is it to just defend yourself?  Is it just for hunting?”

“I think both,” Peet said.

CNSNews.com then asked, “Or is it to protect against a government that could become tyrannical? Do you think that that plays a role in the Second Amendment?”

“I don’t know,” Peet said.  “I think you’d have to ask a Constitutional lawyer for their expertise in interpreting it.”

“But we have the right to bear arms,” she said.

Peet joined actor and comedian Chris Rock, actor Adam Scott, singer Tony Bennett and lawmakers at the event sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

In December, all three actors appeared with more than 50 other celebrities in a “Demand a Plan” ad, which referenced the shootings in Newtown, Conn., Tuscon, Ariz., Aurora, Colo., and Oak Creek, Wis. to argue “now is the time” for gun control.

At the Capitol, the group urged the passage of a new “assault weapons” ban, limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, a universal background check system and making gun trafficking a federal crime, in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has sponsored a bill that would ban 157 weapons, including the popular semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, if they have a detachable magazine and one cosmetic feature, such as a pistol grip.

(CNSNews.com) – Actress Amanda Peet said new gun control legislation that would ban 157 weapons and limit the size of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds will not infringe on the Second Amendment.

“I have a lot of friends who own guns,” she told a gathering in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

Peet was among the actors and lawmakers who convened on Capitol Hill to “demand a plan for gun violence.” She advocates the Democrats’ proposed “assault weapons” ban and other gun control measures.

CNSNews.com asked Peet about Bruce Willis, her co-star in The Whole Nine Yards, who warned that new gun control laws could infringe on the Second Amendment.

“Bruce Willis has come out and said don’t infringe on the Second Amendment, and if you start pulling away at the Bill of Rights it will all unravel.  Do you agree with what he’s saying, and do you think that the call for this gun control legislation will infringe on the Second Amendment?”

“I’m quite certain that it won’t infringe on the Second Amendment and that, you know, I have a lot of friends who own guns,” Peet said.  “My husband, when I was dating him, used to go to the gun range quite often. “

Peet added, “It’s important not to be divisive and not to exaggerate the differences and find places where there is consensus.”

The star of the upcoming Identity Thief also said she did not know whether the Second Amendment was meant for protection against tyranny, saying, “You’d have to ask a Constitutional lawyer.”

CNSNews.com asked, “What do you believe is the purpose of the Second Amendment?”

“Well, I think it’s pretty explicit, isn’t it?” Peet answered.

CNSNews.com followed up, “But is it to just defend yourself?  Is it just for hunting?”

“I think both,” Peet said.

CNSNews.com then asked, “Or is it to protect against a government that could become tyrannical? Do you think that that plays a role in the Second Amendment?”

“I don’t know,” Peet said.  “I think you’d have to ask a Constitutional lawyer for their expertise in interpreting it.”

“But we have the right to bear arms,” she said.

Peet joined actor and comedian Chris Rock, actor Adam Scott, singer Tony Bennett and lawmakers at the event sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

In December, all three actors appeared with more than 50 other celebrities in a “Demand a Plan” ad, which referenced the shootings in Newtown, Conn., Tuscon, Ariz., Aurora, Colo., and Oak Creek, Wis. to argue “now is the time” for gun control.

At the Capitol, the group urged the passage of a new “assault weapons” ban, limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, a universal background check system and making gun trafficking a federal crime, in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has sponsored a bill that would ban 157 weapons, including the popular semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, if they have a detachable magazine and one cosmetic feature, such as a pistol grip.