Matt Damon — Who Made His Fortune Toting Guns In Films — Wants Australian-Style Gun Control

Matt Damon accepts the Jameson Best Actor award on stage during the Jameson Empire Awards 2016 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

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Matt Damon wants America to adopt the same strict gun control policies that Australia has in place.

Matt Damon

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During a press conference in Sydney, the 45-year-old actor — who has made his fortune from toting guns in action movies — said he wishes the United States would follow in their footsteps.

“You guys did it here in one fell swoop and I wish that could happen in my country, but it’s such a personal issue for people that we cannot talk about it sensibly,” Damon said. “We just can’t.”

“People get so emotional that even when you make a suggestion about not selling AK47s to people on terror watchlists, that’s a non-starter. I don’t know what needs to happen.” (RELATED: John Legend: Republicans Are Scared Of The NRA — That’s Why They Won’t Pass Gun Control)

“Obviously mass shootings aren’t going to do it. There have been so many of them at this point. Sandy Hook, when those children were murdered, if that didn’t do it, you know, I just don’t know. Maybe we just need to evolve further before we can have that conversation, I don’t know.”

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Damon in Sydney, Australia. (Photo: Getty Images)

“It’s wonderful what Australia did because you guys haven’t had a mass shooting since you went, ‘No, we’re going to be sensible about this.’ And nobody’s rights have been infringed, you guys are fine.”

“I wish we could be sensible like that but I don’t think that’s going to happen in my lifetime.” (RELATED: Howard Stern’s Epic Gun Rant: The Wolves Are Attacking, And The Sheep Are Disarming!)


In a 2003 interview, Damon said he hated firearms.

“I actually hate guns,” Damon said then during the interview. “They freak me out. If you were ever in a situation in which you wished you had a gun that means you’re in a situation where you wanted to kill somebody and I’ve never been in that situation.”