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LEGO Demands Gun Company Stop Selling Covering That Makes Real Weapon Look Like A Toy

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LEGO Demands Gun Company Stop Selling Covering That Makes Real Weapon Look Like A Toy

LEGO has demanded a US gun company stop selling a 'fun' covering that makes a real weapon look like a toy.

Culper Precision has been selling its Block19 attachment online, which is a clever word play linking the popular building blocks with the classic Glock 9mm handgun.

The multicoloured covering transforms the weapon into an adorable looking children's toy, complete with dodgy looking sights, even though it has deadly power.

You can pick one of these bad boys up for between $US549 ($737) and $US765.

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Culper Precision said on its website: "Here's one of those childhood dreams come to life. Guns are fun. Shooting is fun. 30 rounds full auto is fun."

However, the attachment has prompted a furious outcry from gun control advocates who are concerned this normalises weapon ownership and could cause an increase in police and accidental shootings.

Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts said she alerted LEGO to the likeness of Culper Precision's covering to the building block company.

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"Our organisation reached out to LEGO, which then sent a cease and desist letter to the reckless gun maker," she said.

She added that 'unintentional shootings have risen by 30 per cent in the past year' and was sickened when she first saw an advert for the Glock 9mm attachment.

Data has revealed there have been more than 165 accidental shootings by children in America since the beginning of this year.

That's on top of the 142 people who died as a result of children or minors accidentally discharging a weapon.

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They argue that by making a weapon look like a toy will only entice a minor or child to pick it up and start using it without knowing it could kill someone.

It also has the potential to increase fears amongst police officers when they see an imitation weapon while on patrol.

Tamir Rice was killed in Ohio back in 2014 when police thought he had a real gun, which turned out to be a toy.

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If more of Culper Precision's attachments are out in the public then it will be harder for authorities to accurately discern whether someone is carrying a real weapon and will err on the side of caution much more.

Culper Precision's chief executive Brandon Scott told the Washington Post they will comply with LEGO's demands and insisted that fewer than 20 of the attachments have been sold.

A statement on its social media account said: "We have decided to take the product down after some communication with Lego.

"What does have us deeply concerned is the number of people who evidently grant their children unsupervised access to firearms.

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"All of this was about the process of freedom, fun, and responsible gun ownership. Yet there are millions of angry freedom hating people out there who wish to exercise their first amendment rights. Thank you for your comments and responses, we've seen a lot of good and a lot of bad."

Featured Image Credit: Culper Precision/Instagram

Topics: News, US News, weapons

Stewart Perrie
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