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Liam Neeson has been criticized by the firearms company that provided the guns for Taken 3 for his comments about US gun laws.

PARA USA said it “regrets” working with Liam Neeson after he said the proliferation of guns in the US was a “disgrace”.

The company added that it would cut ties with the Taken franchise and urged other companies to do the same.

“There’s just too many… guns out there,” Liam Neeson told Dubai’s Gulf News last week.

“Especially in America.”Liam Neeson Taken 3

The actor continued: “I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America.

“I think it’s a disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, <<Yet another few kids have been killed in schools>>.”

Liam Neeson made his comments in reply to a question about the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris earlier in the month.

The star, who has took on the role of ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills in all three Taken films, said the gun problem was not connected to Hollywood’s action movies.

“I grew up watching cowboy movies, loved doing that [gun gesture] with my fingers, <<Bang, bang, you’re dead!>> I didn’t end up a killer,” he said.

“A character like Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge: it’s fantasy.”

PARA USA said Liam Neeson’s comments reflected a “cultural and factual ignorance that undermines support of the Second Amendment and American liberties”.

The company wrote on its Facebook page: “We will no longer provide firearms for use in films starring Liam Neeson and ask that our friends and partners in Hollywood refrain from associating our brand and products with his projects.”

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has been overtaken by Taken 3 at the top of the North American box office chart after spending three weeks in the top spot.

Liam Neeson’s thriller sequel took $40.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates.

Civil rights drama Selma came second with $11.2 million. Disney’s Into the Woods was third with $9.7 million.Taken 3 tops US box office

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies dropped from first to fourth place, earning $9.4 million.

The Taken franchise has seen Liam Neeson, 62, become one of Hollywood’s most successful action heroes.

Liam Neeson plays a former CIA agent Bryan Mills, who has the famous line: “I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you.”

The original Taken opened in 2009 with first weekend receipts of $24.7 million, while Taken 2 debuted in 2012 with $49.5 million.

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