Time to put an end to making guns that kids can easily mistake for toys

Utah gun-maker was recently pressured into discontinuing sales of its Block 19 kit, which made handguns look like they were built from Lego blocks. A Utah gun-maker was recently pressured into discontinuing sales of its Block 19 kit, which made handguns look like they were built from Lego blocks. Credit viral news coverage and a cease-and-desist letter from Lego for that. But products that make guns look toylike can still be purchased legally, as can guns that could easily be mistaken for toys. Several companies make vinyl wraps for firearms with a range of colors and graphics, and gun manufacturers offer a range of weapons with brightly colored grips and other components. These weapons are typically marketed for use by women or children. A country with an out-of-control gun glut and far too many elected leaders who reject any reasonable gun safety legislation has given way to companies that operate with the mindset of the Block 19-maker. As the company put it in a statement, gun owners should “have the right to customize their property to make it look like whatever they want.” Not so fast. To protect public safety, we as a society place reasonable limits and regulations on how individuals can customize their belongings and their property. It’s partly why we have building codes, for instance — to prevent property owners from customizing their properties in ways that make them dangerous to the occupants or surrounding properties. For the same reason, we should bar companies from selling […]

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