David Heard, father of Amber Heard, didn’t have any sons. Therefore, she was more than willing to let him teach her about his hobbies of fishing, camping, and hunting. The latter involved shotguns, and the actress became something of a gun expert. In fact, she once gushed about her favorite: a .357 Magnum. “I’m a good shot and I love guns — I own several,” she told Daily Mail in 2010. She added, “I’m fully trained and I’m an active member of a gun club. I’m definitely pro-gun.” Still, Heard stressed, there needs to be reform, as thousands die in the U.S. from gunshot wounds on a yearly basis.
Her dad embraced the idea of Heard sharing the same love as him. She told Jimmy Kimmel that, when she was about to embark on her journey from Texas to Hollywood at the age of 17, he gave her a rather special parting gift: “He very thoughtfully took out a pearl-handed .38 special and handed it to me and said, ‘Hey baby girl, I got you a pretty one. It don’t got a hammer, so you just pull it right out of your purse!'”
At the time of her Daily Mail interview in 2010, Heard had yet to welcome Oonagh into the world. As a childless individual, she shared that she slept with a gun close by in case she needed to protect herself, though this may have changed since 2021.