A Utah company has stopped selling a kit that encloses Glock handguns in Lego blocks, amid the uproar and after the Danish toy maker demanded it cease and desist.
Marketing ‘Block19′ as’ a childhood dream come true ‘, Culper Precision featured it on Instagram, stating,’ We wanted the Second Amendment to be just too painful to go through, so there was only one. ‘just one logical solution. “
Red, yellow and blue blocks made the original weapon barely visible, disguising it as a child’s toy.
By selling the kits for between $ 549 and $ 765, the company has tricked adult gun users into purchasing the weapon “made from the Legos you got from Santa Claus.”
At the request of gun control activists, Lego sent the company a cease and desist letter, asking them to stop producing Block19.
Culper Precision chairman Brandon Scott told the Washington Post that a lawyer told him Lego could have a case if he continued to offer Block19. He decided to comply.
“They had a similar reaction to you,” he said. “Where it was like, ‘Is it wise to make a gun look like a toy?’ “
According to a report by the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety, the period from March to December 2020 saw a 31% increase in unintentional gun deaths of children of themselves or others, compared to at the same period in 2019.
The coronavirus pandemic has kept millions of children at home as gun ownership has reached record levels. The problem persists. Last week, a 12-year-old boy in California died after accidentally shooting himself with a gun his friend brought to a sleepover.
Shannon Watts of Everytown for Gun Safety, who sent Lego a letter about Block19, told the BBC there was a risk that children would be tricked into using guns “even when guns were used. do not look like toys ”.
But the company doesn’t seem to apologize. In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Culper Precision said that “our company is taking a gun of known value” and turning it into “a priceless personalized treasure at a fair price”.
He added that people “have the right to customize their property to make it look what they want.”