Brad Pitt: I've been a gun owner since 'I was in kindergarten'

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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.