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Press Trust Of India
Los Angeles, October 12, 2012
Hollywood star Ben Affleck says he owns several guns to protect his young children and actress wife Jennifer Garner.

The 40-year-old actor said that he keeps multiple weapons at his $17.5 million Pacific Palisades mansion after Garner was continuously harassed by a crazy stalker in 2009, the Hollywood Reporter said.

"The stalker had been to our house many times and ultimately came to my children's school and was arrested. There's a lot of crazy, weird people out there. It's an ugly world. (It) gave me a stronger sense of feeling protective about my family," he said.

Steven Burky was arrested for harassing Garner and violating a restraining order in December 2009 after which he was placed in a mental health hospital and ordered to stay away from her and her three children, Violet, six, Seraphina, three, and baby Samuel, seven-months-old for 10 years.

Affleck isn't the first high profile actor to admit he keeps guns close to hand.

Brad Pitt previously said that he doesn't feel safe without a gun nearby to keep his wife Angelina Jolie and their six young children safe.