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Hollywood's complicated relationship with the gun industry

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Matt Damon as Jason Bourne.
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Matt Damon as Jason Bourne.

A Hollywood Reporter story examines the dichotomy between actors who support gun control laws but also make big money from violence-filled films.

Does Hollywood love guns? 

Gun violence in film is going up even as the stars toting them around call for gun control in real life. The Hollywood Reporter published a story titled "Locked and loaded: the gun industry’s lucrative relationship with Hollywood.” It's about the uneasy but mutually-beneficial relationship between guns and Hollywood.

Gary Baum, senior writer at the Hollywood Reporter, co-authored the story with Scott Johnson. During his investigation, Baum visited the National Rifle Association Museum in Fairfax, Virgina. There, he found a whole array of guns used on movie sets, including those wielded by Clint Eastwood in "Dirty Harry" and the Beretta 92F used by Bruce Willis in "Die Hard." 

There's a complicated relationship between the NRA and Hollywood actors — especially those who espouse liberal political ideals. Matt Damon, a gun control advocate, is famous for shooting his enemies in the Jason Bourne franchise. Guest host Josie Huang checks in with Gary Baum on what rampant gun use and on-screen violence says about the film industry and our society. 

Click on the media player above to hear the full interview. 

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