Sylvester Stallone Backs Banning Assault Weapons

Sylvester Stallone Headshot - P 2011
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Sylvester Stallone Headshot - P 2011

The "Bullet to the Head" action star says those types of firearms aren't necessary for self-defense.

On the big screen, it seems, there are few times when Sylvester Stallone isn't brandishing an intimidating firearm. In real life, however, the Bullet to the Head, The Expendables and Rambo star doesn't think an assault weapon is necessary for self-defense. 

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"I know people get [upset] and go, 'They're going to take away the assault weapon.' Who … needs an assault weapon?," the actor said Friday, as quoted by the Associated Press. "Like, really, unless you're carrying out an assault. … You can't hunt with it. … Who's going to attack your house, a [expletive] army?"

Part of the White House plan to curb gun violence includes passing a new, "stronger" assault weapons ban. Stallone, as the AP noted, also was in favor of the 1994 Brady bill that included a band on that type of firearms. 

After the massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school in December, Hollywood films and action stars have been under increased scrutiny to explain films and TV shows that includes violent, gun-slinging plot lines.

Fellow Expendables star Arnold Schwarzenegger, while promoting his own action-packed January release The Last Stand, had characterized gun violence in film as merely entertainment. 

“I think one must always keep it separate," the former California governor told reporters weeks ago. "This is entertainment and the other thing is a tragedy beyond belief and serious and the real deal."