​Sean Penn Gun Sculpture Of 65 Firearms For Gun-Less Society

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Jan, 15, 2015 | 12:10 PM

Sean Penn says he hasn’t looked back with any regrets after creating a gun sculpture of the 65 firearms he collected over the years to raise money for charity.

The idea actually came from his girlfriend, Charlize Theron, who talked him into giving up his gun collection. That’s when he called artist Jeff Koons to mould the guns into a melted sculpture, which Penn auctioned off to raise money for Haiti. The sculpture was purchased for $1.4 million by CNN host Anderson Cooper.

“I think guns are not something to be missed. Especially, on a serious note, when we talk about it this week [and] this tragic thing that happened in Paris. I’d like to see more guns go to sculpture,” Penn said.

Penn recently told E! News that he wishes there were more gun laws in the United States.

“I’d like to see it happen. I don’t know that we’ve come to a time where we can be a gun-less society, but we’re certainly not working the way we’re flying with them.”

The 54-year-old actor’s girlfriend also has a history involving firearms. Charlize’s mother shot and killed her father after he drunkenly fired his own gun into the South African beauty’s bedroom when she was 15. She told Sean about the incident and that inspired him to get rid of his collection.

“Being provoked by this aforementioned strong woman and considering how liberating of bulls**t and ugliness it would be not only get rid of the guns I have in the continental United States but also to destroy them, [artist] Jeff Koons and I had a chat the other day. The highest bidder gets every single one of my guns put in the hands of this iconic artist and sculptor… Koons will decommission [and] render inactive all of my cowardly killing machines,” he said at his Help Haiti Home Gala in Beverly Hills last year.

Penn’s views are not the popular kind in America’s conservative heartland. But unlike a lot of A-list stars, Theron is not afraid to speak her mind — even when it comes to toxic subjects like gun control. The actress has come a long way since that terrible day in Benoni, near Johannesburg, 23 years ago.

Penn is a recent convert to the anti-gun lobby, and underscored his commitment to the cause with the sculpture.

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