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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."

Go deeper: "Axios on HBO" interview with Lego VP Tim Brooks

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Federal watchdog: Health costs associated with gun violence exceed $1B annually

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Treatment for gun-related injuries in the U.S. costs more than $1 billion per year, according to new Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates published Wednesday.

Why it matters: The report is the first of its kind from the watchdog, per Politico, and will likely fuel Democrats' calls for expanding gun control legislation. Officials say the pandemic led to a surge in gun violence.

3 hours ago - Technology

Facebook changes corporate name to Meta

Screen shot of CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's "Connect" virtual event

CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the social media giant is renaming its company Meta.

Why it matters: The effort is meant to shift its image from a social media platform to a “metaverse” company that focuses on building virtual work and social communities.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
4 hours ago - Economy & Business

Filings show Sweetgreen isn't profitable, despite claims

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.