Jul 15, 2021 - Economy & Business

U.S. gunmaker pulls "Lego glock" after backlash

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A Utah-based gun company announced Wednesday it will stop selling a product that encases Glock pistols in colored block pieces that resemble Lego bricks "after some communication" with the Danish toymaker.

Driving the news: Culper Precision was criticized by gun control groups after it made an announcement about the Block 19 product in June, which retailed for about $600.

  • "Here's one of those childhood dreams coming to life, the Block 19 prototype, yes you can actually build Legos onto it," the gunmaker from Provo said at the time.
  • Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, responded to the product by tweeting last Thursday: "This 'Lego Glock' is an actual thing you can buy, build and shoot ... Unintentional shootings among children have risen by 30% in the past year."
  • Culper Precision on Tuesday defended its product in a post to Instagram Tuesday that shared a Washington Post article on the backlash, saying the firm was "grateful for the attention that Block19" was getting.

What's happening: Lego said in a statement to news outlets earlier Wednesday: "We have contacted the company and they have agreed to remove the product from their website and not make or sell anything like this in the future."

  • Culper Precision later confirmed it would stop selling the Block 19, saying that the product had been "about the process of freedom, fun, and responsible gun ownership."

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