Culper Precision has stopped selling a kit that encases Glock handguns in Lego blocks, amid uproar and after the Danish toymaker demanded it cease and desist
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- Utah company halts sales of Lego handgun case kits after cease and desist
- Sarah Betancourt
- Jul 14 2021
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So I am a gun enthusiast, (it's not a part of my identity/personality, I mostly like the mechanics of how they work) but I utterly despise pretty much all of "gun culture".
I could understand "We wanted the second amendment to simply be too painful to tread on" as a shitty joke among the idiotic shall not be infringed crowd, but it's not April 1st. Instead they were selling these (or trying to), something they know looks like a toy. 'Meme guns' have become a pretty lucrative business; these are guns with various images, sayings, jokes, memes, or other crap plastered all over them. Funnily enough I never see any of these actually at the gun range, it's like the owners are afraid of what people will think of them outside their little anonymous internet bubble. They just spend a few hundred to a few thousand dollars on their little joke, post it on the internet for worthless points/likes, and then shove it in their safe, never to be seen again with the excuse they give being that they are "safe queens" as if they're fine art or a collector's item.
One of the other things these jackasses like to do is give their guns fake credentials. Think of this like the pre-torn jeans of firearms. Those jeans are meant to replicate the condition of clothing worn by laborers; wear, tear, rips, discoloring, and fading that are a result of their livelihood. Artificially weathered anything obscures the real toils of some, so others can casually pretend to be a cowboy or a car mechanic or any other idealized vocation that's never even been attempted by the wearer. So "battleworn" gun paint jobs have become big business now as these people want to cosplay things they have never done and could never do in their endless desire to be seen as something they are not.
One thing you can take solace in, is that Culper, more likely than not, didn't actually sell a single one of these. They only just put the listing to modify the slide (red part at top of the gun) on their store 6 days ago, no listing to have the modifications done to the frame (bottom yellow and blue part) was made. So less than 6 days from being available to being slapped with a C&D from Lego. Not enough time to actually make any of them.
What I do find humorous is they loved showing the gun off, loved posting screenshots from news stories calling out how dangerous it is to make a gun look like a toy, but now that they've been turned tail and run because Lego had a lawyer spend a couple of hours to draft a C&D there's nary a peep out of them about it...
Ignoring the obvious, it seems to be in especially poor taste for Culper Precision to add the last statement of the article, "...people 'have the right to customize their property to make it look like whatever they want'". I doubt a similar discussion would be had were someone with the Block19 implicated in one of the many shootings that have occurred where a handgun is maliciously disguised to look like a toy.
They seem to clearly not understand their own statement. People do have the right to customize their own property to look like whatever they want. LEGO wouldn't be able to do anything if this was just some hobbyist showing off his personal art project. I can paint all the Disney characters I want in my kid's bedroom. The problem is when you try to commercialize your use of someone else's IP, which is what they were doing here.