Rock star Duff Mckagan has called for tighter control on gun ownership in a hard-hitting new online article.
The GUNS N' ROSES bassist believes there should be more checks on military-style weapon sales to American civilians, and he's dumbfounded by those trying to justify weak gun laws.
In his Noisey.com piece, the self-confessed "ardent armchair historian" wrote: "There is some super heavy s**t going down in the world right now... (and) when President Obama came out with his announcement of trying to procure background checks for online sales and at gun shows, I was slightly stunned that this practice hadn't been in use since the advent of modern-day gun sales.
"Background checks for all gun sales? Hell yes, right? What's the argument against that? Banning AK-47's and the like? Probably a damn good idea, right? Who needs them?
"I'm just a regular guy, neither 'pro' nor 'anti' gun... and I understand and respect the right to bear arms, but do some of you actually think we maintain this right still for the sole purpose of the 'in case' of our own government somehow taking over (as opposed to fighting off the English imperialistic monarchy in 1775).
"This all seems as basic to me as banning sales of guns here for people who are on the no-fly list. Is there something I am missing here?"