i was talking to james at a party last week, and i mentioned this project. he said "wow, i don't even know anybody who owns a gun." after a few seconds, his girlfriend said "you own a gun. there's that gun in the closet."
james isn't really interested in guns. he doesn't particularly like them.
a few years ago he was comissioned to make a sculpture of a duck hunter for a hunting club in missouri. rather than make a gun out of clay, he just bought one and made a mold from it. after the bronze was cast, he reclaimed the body of the sculpture for a piece he's working on now. the gun, sat in a bag in a closet.