Jesse James Backs NRA, Slams Calif. Gun Laws

Reality star urges people to join the NRA
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2012 5:50 PM CST
Jesse James Backs NRA, Slams Calif. Gun Laws
In this March 7, 2010, file photo, Sandra Bullock and Jesse James arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, Calif.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)

(Newser) – Sandra Bullock's ex has weighed in on the raging gun-control debate, arguing that California is violent because of its gun laws, US Weekly reports. "For the last 20 years living in California, I could never let my guard down, not even for a minute," Jesse James wrote on his Facebook page, saying he saw a dead body once a week on his way to work in Southern California. "I have seen more dead bodies than I can count. ... This is what living in a state with strict gun control was like."

Now living in Texas, James says the more relaxed gun laws make him feel safer: "I have not seen one dead body, have not experienced any drive-by shootings," he writes. "I can now relax, and live life in this free country." Predictably, his call for people to join the NRA has sparked a war of comments on Facebook, but the former owner of West Coast Choppers is no stranger to controversy—having cheated on Bullock, bashed gays, loved Nazis, and gone into rehab for "personal issues." The reality star is now engaged for the fifth time. (Read more Jesse James stories.)

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