“A child’s dream come true”, says the American company that created the prototype of a real weapon with Lego parts. Irresponsible and dangerous, say firearms control advocates. Lego has already demanded that it be cancelled.
“Here is one of those childhood dreams coming true, the Block19 prototype, yes, it is possible to build with a Lego part”, says Culper Precision, a company from Utah, USA, regarding a real composite weapon ” for different parts and a red lightsaber” that in everything resembles a toy.
“We glued everything together and, surprisingly, [este protótipo] it survived a little more than 1500 rounds in automatic mode” in a shooting event held in mid-June, adds the company, which justifies this customization of a Glock weapon to “enhance the pure pleasure of shooting sports”.
But the Danish manufacturer of the famous Lego building blocks has already demanded in writing the American company to stop the production of this weapon.
For gun control advocates, Block19 is an irresponsible and dangerous project. Shannon Watts, of the group “Everytown for Gun Safety,” criticizes the Utah company, saying there is a risk that children will be lured into using firearms “even when the guns don’t look like toys.”
Culper Precision made known in a statement that it had decided to release Block19 to show that guns are “for everyone” and that “owning [uma arma] and shooting responsibly is a really enjoyable activity.”
He adds that the weapon can only be purchased by those who are legally authorized.
Brandon Scott, president of Culper Precision, told the Washington Post that, after meeting with his lawyer, he decided to comply with the Lego requirement and not go ahead with the production of Block19.
In the United States it is illegal to produce toys that look like real guns, but the law is not explicit to prevent manufacturers from creating guns that look like toys. Last year, more than 140 people died in firearms incidents across the country.