Brad Pitt has been a gun owner for a very long time.
The recently married actor told Radio Times he inherited his grandfather’s gun when he was a child.
“There’s a rite of passage where I grew up of inheriting your ancestors’ weapons,” said 50-year-old Pitt, according to the Independent. “My brother got my dad’s. I got my grandfather’s shotgun when I was in kindergarten.”
Pitt revealed he was given an air gun first and got the shotgun at age 6. He said he first fired a handgun at age 8.
The husband of Angelina Jolie—and father of six— added in the interview that he doesn’t really feel that his family is safe unless there is a gun in his home.
“The positive is that my father instilled in me a profound and deep respect for the weapon,” he said.
Pitt was born in Oklahoma and raised in Missouri.