It is one of ‘those childhood dreams that is brought to life’: A weapons manufacturer from Utah is offering a Glock pistol in a colorful Lego look – until the Danish toy manufacturer steps in.
Until recently, the US weapons manufacturer Culper Precision had a Glock pistol in Lego look on offer. According to its own statements, the company wanted to ‘underscore the sheer fun of shooting sports’. In the meantime, the company based in Utah has taken the handgun out of its range again. The Danish toy manufacturer Lego had submitted a cease and desist declaration.
A ‘childhood dream come true’
‘Block19’ was the name of the pistol that Culper Precision touted on Instagram on June 24th as a ‘childhood dream come true’. The fully functional handgun was completely colored Lego brick. You could ‘actually build Legos on it,’ wrote the manufacturer in the post. According to the British Guardian, the pistol was on sale for $ 549 to $ 765.
But the headwind was not long in coming: Last week, the anti-weapon association ‘Everytown for Gun Safety’ made Lego aware of the pistol’s design. There is a risk that children are raised in this way to use firearms, said a member of the NGO, according to the BBC.
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Lego reportedly issued a cease and desist letter to Culper Precision. The President of Culper Precision, Brandon Scott, told the Washington Post that after talking to a lawyer, he decided to comply with the request from Lego. According to the New York Times, Lego confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that the company, which specializes in weapon modification, has agreed to take the weapon out of its range and no longer want to manufacture it in the future.
140 dead in accidents involving children with firearms
The manufacturer, according to a statement on the company’s website, has released the ‘Block19’ to show that ‘owning and responsible firearms is a really pleasant activity’. After all, they didn’t want to live ‘in fear of the loud voices on social media’. People have the right ‘to design their property the way they want’.
It is illegal in the US to offer children’s toys that are too similar to real weapons. But no law expressly forbids the sale of toy-look weapons, the BBC report said. In 2020, more than 140 people died in accidents involving children with firearms.
According to one Message of Everytown for Gun Safety saw a 31 percent year-over-year increase in such deaths between March and December 2020. That’s part of a sad trend: 2020 was one of the deadliest years on record in the United States for firearms.