Utah-based gun company pulls ‘Block19’ after Lego request

by: Addy Bink, Nexstar media cable

Posted: 07/15/2021 / 9:55 PM EDTUpdated: 7/15/2021 / 9:55 PM EDT

Lego kits will be presented on November 5, 2014 at the DreamToys toy fair in central London. At the event, manufacturers of the announced Christmas bestsellers will present their products in the run-up to the Christmas season. (LEON NEAL / AFP via Getty Images)

PROVO, Utah (KTVX) – Lego isn’t messing around with a Utah-based gun manufacturer who makes a pistol that looks like it’s covered in toy building blocks.

At the end of June, Provo-based Culper Precision posted a photo of the “Block19”, partially saying, “We wanted the second change to be just too painful to step on, so there was only one logical solution.”

The prototype is described as consisting of “various parts and a red lightsaber”. The company says it was glued together with superglue and “surprisingly survived just over 1,500 laps in the fully automatic machine”.

The slide is built from red block, the sights from stacked blocks and pieces of lightsaber. The handle appears to be a blue Lego sheet, while the frame is yellow and the trigger is green.

Just weeks later, Culper Precision posted a new statement on social media, partially saying, “We decided to remove the product after some communication with Lego.”

A spokesman for the Danish toy manufacturer told Nexstar’s KTVX: “We have contacted the company and they have agreed to remove the product from their website and not to manufacture or sell anything like this in the future.”

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The creators of the gun-toy mashup said in their Wednesday post that they were “deeply concerned” about “the number of people who are apparently giving their children unsupervised access to firearms.”

The gun modification firm said Block19 was founded in pursuit of “freedom, fun, and responsible gun ownership,” adding that it had received a number of good and bad comments, some from the “millions of angry, libertarian people out there who are “Want them to exercise their First Amendment rights.”

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The website for Culper Precision’s Block19 will no longer be active as of Wednesday morning, but the weapon is still featured in several of the company’s social media posts.

This is due to the fact that interest in owning firearms has skyrocketed. Since the beginning of the pandemic, numerous states, including Utah, have seen increased demand for firearms and ammunition. The Associated Press reports that U.S. arms sales hit an all-time high in January 2021 and will continue to rise in 2020.

Gun violence in the US has also increased this year, prompting President Biden to meet with law enforcement, local elected officials and lawyers earlier this month to discuss efforts to combat bloodshed.

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Utah recently eased gun restrictions and passed a law allowing hidden guns to be carried without a permit.

Culper Precision did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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