Artist melts, sculpts confiscated weapons

May 8, 2008 3:20:50 PM PDT
Illinois state police are trying to open some eyes by giving an inside look at what happens to weapons that are seized. For the last 20 years, 83-year-old Chicago sculptor John Kearney has destroyed confiscated guns and molded them into a sculpture. And that work becomes the prestigious Abraham Lincoln Award at Kearney's workshop in Lincoln Park.

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence gives the awards to individuals who have shown great courage to reduce gun violence.

Kearney says he is very passionate against gun use.

"We really have no use for handguns, except for the police. And it shouldn't be going out like we do. There are many countries that don't allow guns. And these wonderful people are making headways, but it's not there yet," he said.

Among the recipients of the award, are Senator Dick Durbin and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.