A Toy-Like Gun Covered In Legos Sparks An Uproar

A Toy-Like Gun Covered In Legos Sparks An Uproar

A Utah gun company has halted sales of a Lego-themed pistol kit, after facing fierce backlash from the public and a request from the Danish toy maker to remove the product. With the colorful "Block 19" pistol kit, owners would have been able to use Lego blocks to create their own sights and designs on top of a Glock 19 pistol’s slide. When Culper Precision revealed the design in late June, the company said: "Here’s one of those childhood dreams coming to life, the Block 19 prototype, yes you can actually build Legos onto it." The kits retailed for about $600, the company said. But the Block 19 immediately provoked an intense reaction. Within the gun-owner community, some said the brightly colored pistol amounted to baiting gun control advocates. "This, if real, is the most irresponsible gun modification I have seen in a long time," a commenter on The Firearm Blog said, calling it "perfect fodder for the ‘Everytown for Gun Safety’ people." Indeed, the Everytown advocacy group took a very public position against the toy-like pistol, with Shannon Watts, founder of the related group Moms Demand Action, telling The Washington Post that her initial response to seeing the pistol was to think it was "sick and that children would die." The Lego company also had problems with the idea of combining its venerable toy blocks with a lethal weapon. "We contacted [Culper] and they agreed to remove the product from their website and to not make or sell […]

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