Chelsea Handler: U.S. ‘way behind the times’ on gun control

Chelsea Handler. (Photo: Parade)

Chelsea Handler (Photo: Parade)

Actress Chelsea Handler was honored by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Wednesday night and has used the spotlight to call for more gun control in America.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the host of Netflix’s “Chelsea” talked about her support for the Brady Campaign and slammed the country’s gun regulations she sees as far too loose.

“We’re way behind the times in terms of gun control in this country, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere anytime soon,” Handler said.

“We should’ve heightened all of the restrictions on buying guns, and we just loosened restrictions on buying guns, which made it easier for mentally unstable people to purchase firearms. It’s disgusting.”

Handler also spoke on the series of mass shootings the U.S. has seen over the years and seems to tie them to the “gun lobbies” and their fight against further gun restrictions.

“Nobody is trying to take away your guns,” she said. “If you want to go shoot, you know, whatever, in the woods, that’s fine, but it’s a hobby. If your hobby is [affecting] innocent people being killed all the time, children included, don’t you think you should reconsider the lack of restrictions placed on your hobby?”

Handler received the Brady Center Bear Award Wednesday night at a gala intended to raise funds for preventing gun violence.