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Law & Order: SVU star Ice-T is defending his right to own a gun.

"I'll give up my gun when everybody else does," he told Channel 4 London News. "It's legal in the United States. The right to bear arms is because that's the last form of defense against tyranny, not to hunt. It's to protect yourself from the police."

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The star, who was in London promoting his documentary Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap, was then asked if he saw a link between owning a gun and the recent shootings in Aurora, Colo. "No. Not really," he said. "If someone wants to kill people, they wouldn't need a gun to do it ... You can strap explosives on your body. They do that all the time."

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Following the interview, Ice-T kept the conversation going on Twitter, writing, "My comment on guns got a lot of press. They call me 'Gangster' don't forget 'US Army Vet.'" He then added, "A little gun history," linking to a document titled, "BLACK HISTORY and the Second Amendment."

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