On Friday, “Criminal Minds” actor and “Gun Stories” host Joe Mantegna tweeted a copy of an interview he did with Rifle Firepower earlier this year. While that’s eons ago in Internet time, it’s worth a read if you missed it when it was published.


The celeb gun enthusiast talked about his favorite firearms, educating gun bigots and what it was like to introduce his youngest daughter to shooting sports. Guns and politics also came up:

As a celebrity gun owner all I can do is try to be as best a role model for safe gun ownership as I can be. We in the public eye become role models if we like it or not, and I don’t ignore the responsibility I have to be as best an example I can of a participant in the shooting fraternity.

I’ve never been a political person, and have been an independent my entire life. Let’s keep the Second Amendment out of politics. It’s there for all of us in this country, and there is a reason it’s right up there below the freedom of speech. I encourage people to educate themselves regardless of their gut feelings about this issue.

Read the whole interview here.

Mantegna also did a Twitter Q&A on Friday and discussed his biggest inspirations.


Editor’s note: This post has been updated with an additional tweet.

  • TheAnthillGoddess

    Oh good golly! Who knew I could love the man more than I do when watching Criminal Minds but I also just saw he’s a Bears fan to go along with being an independent and a gun lover! Be still my heart!

    • Tyler

      F**k the Bears!!!!! Sorry, I’m a Packers fan

      • mike_in_kosovo

        As a kid in Wisconsin, Mom would root for the Packers and anyone playing against the Bears/Vikings…

  • JeffWRidge

    He sounds like a good man and a smart one to boot.

  • Wag_a_Muffin (D)

    I knew I liked him before–and now I like him even better.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    He hasn’t cracked out of turn.
    And he hasn’t crumbed the play.

  • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

    He certainly is a class act.. I’m glad at least someone in Hollywood has a reasoned take on the gun debate.. Don’t throw away your 2nd Amendment freedoms in a blind rush,.. educate yourself,.. don’t let someone make you his proxy vote on it, learn, inform, and make your own decisions..

    Bravo sir.. well done.

  • AmericanMom

    Wow, am not familiar with your acting, but now will make it a point to seek it. Thanks for your support of our troops – something most liberals can’t comprehend or do (and displaying our flag proudly is against every breath in their bodies).

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil ✓Mate

      Look for one of his movies called “Things Change.” I guarantee you’ll enjoy it,

      • Al’s Sad Grampa ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        “Eye For An Eye” is another good one.

        “Baby’s Day Out” too. Love that one even though my kids are older now.

        • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

          And for animation enthusiasts, he’s Fat Tony the mob boss on The Simpsons.

        • Sean Barrentine

          lol I had no idea he was in that one. Hilarious movie, but I can’t say I’m familiar with the rest of his work. Might be time to make a change to that.

          • Al’s Sad Grampa ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Yep. Montagne is the leader of the kidnappers in Baby’s Day Out.

      • AmericanMom

        Thanks. Will look for it.

  • Red Fred

    Let’s leave guns out of politics because “it’s the law.”

    • me

      Absolutely right!

  • TocksNedlog

    Cue the Hollywood hate machine . . .

  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    There is hope for Hollywood yet. Eastwood, Cain, Mantegna, Dash, Woods, Voight, just to name a few. Maybe it’ll become fashionable to be anti-socialism in Hollywood.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmSIOoy6MlE&app=desktop Booker

    We don’t vote on the Constitution.

  • TheKingJAK

    I already liked this guy, but now he just went up to platinum level in my book.

  • Wigglesworth

    He hosts a show on the Outdoor Channel.


  • Roadster73

    Don’t mess with Fay Tony

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      D’OH! You beat me to it! Jawamax 8<{D}

    • GaryTheBrave

      “Fay” Tony?

      • Roadster73

        Grrr, stupid Ipad autocorrect

  • conservative2012

    Now I admire him even more than I did. He made Criminal Minds so much better.

  • HanaFiveO

    Great actor, has a brain and a big heart. Acknowledges the fact that like it or not the famous are indeed role models. What more could one ask for?

  • Jack Deth

    Good guy. Bad guy.

    Mr. Mantegna rocks whatever role he is given. First caught my attention in David Mamet’s ‘House of Games’ and his later, ‘Things Change’ and ‘Homicide’. If there was ever an actor made to add gravitas to Mamet’s words. It’s this guy. Right here.

    Would loved to have seen him on stage playing Ricky Roma opposite Peter Falk’s Shelly Levine in Mamet’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’. Though, his best role on film is as sports reporter and regular dad, Fred Waitzkin in ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer’.

    And Mr. Mantegna is right. The Second Amendment is there to protect the First.

    Deal with it!

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Also a “Regular Dad” as Chief of Detectives Girardi, in the Joan of Arcadia series– don’t let that “vaguely sinister air about him” fool you!

      • Jack Deth

        Great catch!

        ‘Joan of Arcadia’ was a well thought out and executed series that couldn’t be made today. Lots of established and just starting out talent delivering drama, sly, gentle humor and something to actually ponder afterwards.

        Never for a moment bought that the series was supposed to be set in the state of MD. Other than that, a very under rated gem!

        Mr. Mantegna’s best lines on film are in ‘House of Games’ and ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer’. Especially his “going Mamet” in a very polite dressing down of his son’s teacher during a PTA fund raiser.

        And his “I’m from the United States of “Kiss my Ass!” during a medium stakes poker game in ‘House of Games’.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          “You can’t bluff someone who’s not paying attention.”

  • GeneralQuarters

    Awesome guy

  • Axelgreaser

    HAT TIP TO AN OBVIOUSLY SECURE ACTOR working in Commiewood and not afraid to speak out in defense of America’s great document and a very integral part of our freedoms now under attack by Barack Hussein Obama, the #2A. Commiewood has proven to be so odious and such an attack on MY personal freedoms that I have chosen to not support their product and therefore have not seen a film since the realization hit in 2009, that these people are in league with and operatives for Barack>Hussein< Obama. Besides, Obama doled out stimulus money to poor broke Hollywood (did you know that), so effectively I've done my 'fair share' for the poverty stricken nitwits that jeer and spit on the hands that feed them. Bet a lot of that money came back to the Democrat coffers in 2012 (we now it did), just as did freshly laundered by SOLYNDRA cash did. But I look back fondly on my favorite Joe Mantenga film: BULLITS OVER BROADWAY. Sublime. Thank you Mr. Mantenga for sending a little ordinance one over the empty, Obama infected heads of liberals everywhere by sticking up for the U.S. Constitution.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Thank you “Fat Tony” #TheSimpsons for being a light in the darkness of Liberal Hollywood. Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Guest

    He has a great show on the sportsman channel called “Midway USA’s Gun Stories”. Its a fantastic show where every episode they focus on an iconic gun in American history. The guy is a class act. I met him at my local shooting range where they film that (oak tree gun club).

  • spencer60

    I’m glad to see positive messages like his out of Hollywood… Although I don’t know how you take the ‘politics’ out of the Second, since it’s basically politics at it’s root.