A controversial handgun that is covered in LEGOs and looks like a toy is no longer available for sale after LEGO sent its maker a cease-and-desist letter

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  • A Utah gun-modification company drew criticism for selling a handgun covered in LEGOs, making it look like a toy.
  • Culper Precision said it would no longer sell the Block19 after LEGO hit the company with a cease-and-desist letter.
  • The company said it added LEGOs to the handgun in hopes of “making the 2nd amendment too painful to tread on.”
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A company in Utah that specializes in modifying and customizing firearms has stopped selling a Glock handgun encrusted with LEGOs after the toy company hit it with a cease-and-desist letter.

Culper Precision in Provo drew backlash for its Block19 gun, which had various LEGO pieces superglued on it, making the firearm look like a child’s toy.

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“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,” LEGO said in a statement to Insider.

Culper Precision had described the product as “one of those childhood dreams coming to life” in a recent Instagram post.

“Our business is taking a firearm of known value and transforming it into a personalized invaluable treasure for a fair price,” the company said in a statement on its website. “People have the right to customize their property to make it look like whatever they want. It is our business to assist firearms owners in making their guns better reflect them as a person and individual, our pieces speak to the owner of the gun as they have selected those options from a seemingly infinite range of possibilities.”

The company also said it wants the Block19 to represent “the pure enjoyment of the shooting sports.” Culper Precision went on to say covering the gun in LEGOs was an attempt at “making the 2nd amendment too painful to tread on.” The company added that it hopes guns can be society’s “great unifier.”

Gun policy is one of the most polarizing topics in US politics. A recent survey from the Pew Research Center found that 81% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents say gun laws should be stricter than they currently are, while 20% of Republicans and Republican leaners share this view.

“Decorating firearms with one of the most popular children’s toys is a recipe for disaster,” Shannon Watts, founder of gun safety group Moms Demand Action, said in a statement to Insider. “We have already seen tragedies happen when unsecured firearms are around children and they don’t look like toys. Too many children’s lives are cut short by unintentional shootings every year – and in the past year we’ve only seen these tragic instances happen more frequently.”

So far in 2021, there have been at least 174 unintentional shootings by children, leading to 113 injuries and 70 deaths, according to data from Everytown. Last year, despite the coronavirus pandemic, the US had a 20-year-high of gun violence deaths, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene is holding another gun giveaway – despite there having been at least 156 mass shootings in the US since the start of the year

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on February 5, 2021.

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia is holding a gun giveaway, saying she will gift an AR pistol to the winner of a lucky draw.
  • This is not the first firearm raffle Greene has held. She organized several draws in 2020, before the election.
  • The giveaway will go on even as the number of mass shootings in the US this year mounts.
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Georgia lawmaker Marjorie Taylor Greene is holding a gun giveaway, saying she will gift an AR-15 worth around $2,900 to the winner of a lucky draw.

Insider saw an email sent by Rep. Greene’s campaign last Saturday, which proclaimed that the giveaway would go on for two more weeks.

“Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi would love nothing more than to ban, confiscate, and destroy our gun rights through a flurry of ‘executive orders.’ This is the most vicious assault on our gun rights our country has seen in decades,” read the email.

“The radical left isn’t just coming after me. They’re coming after you. They’re fighting for their America Last agenda every single day to plunge America into a socialist hellhole.”

In the email, Greene says she is the “biggest defender of gun rights in Congress,” and that she is “giving away the gun Joe Biden wants to ban” as part of her fight for Second Amendment rights.

“It’s the same type of gun the hate-America gun-grabbers in DC would love to ban if they ever get the votes,” said the sign-up page for the firearm raffle.

The raffle is taking place even as the number of mass shootings in the US skyrockets, with gun violence seeing a marked resurgence.

At least 50 mass shootings have taken place in the country since eight people – including six Asian women – were killed in an Atlanta shooting spree on March 16. According to reports by the Gun Violence Archive, the US saw a total of 156 mass shootings in 34 different states and Washington DC, in the first 110 days of this year.

This is not the first gun raffle that Greene has held.

In September last year, she tweeted that “guns and ammo (were) selling out everywhere because of the Biden/Antifa riots” and said she was giving away a “beautiful gun” she used in a campaign ad to one of her followers. In November, she tweeted again, announcing that she was giving away her “famous AR-15” as a “warning to Antifa terrorists.”

The Honey Badger AR pistol is valued at $2,860.

In October last year, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) sent a cease-and-desist letter to Q, the manufacturer of the pistol. The ATF asked that Q stop manufacturing and selling the gun, as it fell under the category of a “short-barreled rifle” subject to regulations under the National Firearms Act.

On April 7, Biden announced a series of executive actions that his administration would take to address gun violence.

These include drafting model “red flag” laws, which will allow family members or friends to alert the authorities or apply for a court order to prevent someone from getting a gun if there is a reasonable belief that they could be a danger to themselves or others.

Biden also plans on tackling “ghost guns”, which are firearms that can be assembled at home using an assortment of parts.

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