Lego Appeals to US Gun Company for Producing Pistol Case Look Like Their Toys
Toy company Lego slammed a gun company in the US and appeals to stop producing gun cases allegedly look like their children’s toys.
At a time when hundreds of children are being shot, a US gun manufacturer has sparked outrage by offering a kit that transforms a genuine Glock pistol into a children’s Lego play gun. Culper Precision, based in Utah, has received a demand from the Danish producer of the building blocks to stop producing the red, blue, and yellow handgun covers.
“Our organization reached out to Lego, which then sent a cease and desist letter to the reckless gun maker,” said Shannon Watts, founder of the group Moms Demand Action, which advocates for stricter gun controls.
The semi-automatic pistol bears a strong similarity to a Lego toy because to its colorful block construction. The rifle was marketed as a “Block19,” with prices ranging from $549 to $765.
“Here’s one of those childhood dreams come to life,” said Culper Precision in an advertisement for the gun on Instagram posted on June 24. “Guns are fun. Shooting is fun. 30 rounds full auto is fun,” the company said on its website.
Watts told the Washington Post that her first thought upon seeing the pistol was that it was “sick and children would die.” He added that “unintentional shootings have increased by 30% in the last year.”
According to the nonprofit organization Everytown, there were more than 165 accidental shootings by children in the United States in 2021. According to the same body, 142 people died last year as a result of accidental discharges by youngsters or juveniles.
After receiving Lego’s legal notice, Culper Precision’s CEO Brandon Scott told the Washington Post that the company had opted to comply after selling fewer than 20 of the items. The debate erupts at a time when President Joe Biden has made combating the “epidemic” of gun violence one of his top goals.
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