Country singer Jason Aldean would never support a ban on guns, but he is down for stricter laws to make access to them more difficult.
"It's too easy to get guns, first and foremost," he told The Associated Press in an interview published Monday. "When you can walk in somewhere and you can get one in five minutes, do a background check that takes five minutes, like how in-depth is that background check?"
"Those are the issues I have," he added. "It's not necessarily the guns themselves or that I don't think people should have guns. I have a lot of them."
He's one of the gun owners that is encouraging a conversation on the topic. "Nobody is looking at what the actual issue is and really how to come to an agreement and make a smart decision," Aldean said.
Aldean was on stage at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas last fall when shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire from a hotel window on the thousands of people in attendance. 58 people were killed and 489 were injured by the time Paddock, who shot himself in the head before police got to him, ended his rampage.
As a result, he sympathizes with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who have been rallying for stricter gun control in wake of the Parkland, Florida, shooting there, where 17 people were killed.
"Unless anybody has witnessed anything like that or been a part of it, it's really hard for people to really understand where you're coming from on that stuff," the country star said. "It's like the kids from the school in Florida, that shooting. I get it, man. I understand how they are feeling."
While he can relate, he's already said it's not his place to take a strong stance with one position or another.
"I'm not a politician," he told Entertainment Weekly last month. "I'm not trying to push my own agenda. If I say that I believe this, I'm gonna piss off half of the people, and if I say I believe that, I'm gonna piss off the other half. I have my opinions, but what the hell do I know? I think everybody needs to sit down, stop pushing their own agendas, and figure out what will make it safer. When people can't go to a damn movie or a concert and not worry about somebody shooting the place up, there's a flaw in the system."