Block 19 Makers Defend Selling Lego-Style Gun After Getting 'Overwhelming Amount of Hate'

The makers of a controversial Lego-inspired gun have defended their decision to custom design a handgun that was built using Lego blocks.

Utah-based Culper Precision first shared pictures of the Block 19 handgun on its Instagram page on June 24, where the company said they designed it with Legos as they "wanted the second amendment to simply be too painful to tread on."

But, soon afterward, the Danish toy giant contacted Culper Precision to take the product down, which they later did.

In a July 14 Instagram post, Culper Precision justified why it had created the custom-designed handgun and said it was "about the process of freedom, fun and responsible gun ownership."

The post read: "We just want to extend a huge [kiss emoji] to all the block 19 haters out there. We have decided to take down the product 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 [raised eyebrow emoji]. All of this was about the process of freedom, fun, and responsible gun ownership."

It continued: "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.

"Even now our Google reviews are being flooded with jaded reviews from anti-gun trolls who have never been customers. Here at Culper, we believe this makes a clear statements (sic) out the state of the gun debate and the sad reality of communication issues that run deep in this country.

"Having the discussion about the Block 19 and other modified Glocks was always something we wanted to do. So a big thank you to everyone who gave us some valuable input."

It added a large number of abusive messages came their way, adding: "We have been gifted with an overwhelming amount of support and an overwhelming amount of hate."

Culper Precision's Google reviews had indeed been hit by a number of negative one-star reviews since its Lego gun became widely reported, taking the company's rating down to 3.8 overall.

One one-star reviewer said: "May the toy company own you soon. Classy operation. May you join the unemployment lines Mr. Culprit."

Another posted: "Unethical and amoral. Do not support this one."

A third commented: "Makes a gun that looks like a toy. Incredibly unethical and foolish."

But, Newsweek found the majority of reviews left for the company praised the quality of products on offer from Culper Precision.

Last week, I tweeted about this gun meant to look like a toy last week and our organization reached out to Lego, which then sent a cease and desist letter to the reckless gun maker - he says he’s complying. Read the story here:

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 13, 2021

Further criticism of the company did erupt online, however, with Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action, an organization that demands solutions to gun violence, calling the decision to make it "irresponsible and dangerous."

She said in a July 13 tweet: "This is beyond irresponsible and dangerous. Even when guns don't look like toys, children may use them. In 2021, we've seen over 165 incidents of unintentional shooting by children."

In a statement sent to Newsweek, Lego said: "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."

Newsweek has contacted Culper Precision for comment.

The gun was made using Legos
The custom-made handgun was made using Legos, but was soon met with action from the Danish toy company. Culper Precision/ Instgram