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Play With LEGOs, Get Arrested By SWAT Team

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the overreaction-squad dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "6 SWAT, 2 uniformed officers, 2 undercover, a chopper in the air, surrounding streets blocked off with five cop cars, two ambulances and a dozen cops. That's what it takes to stop a man packing LEGOs. Jeremy bought himself one of these, someone saw him playing with it in the office and the rest is history."

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25 comments

I bet I know what he said when they grabbed him. (5, Funny)

frosty_tsm (933163) | more than 4 years ago | (#30326264)

"Le go of me!"

slashdotted (2, Informative)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 4 years ago | (#30327818)

If it doesn't load since it totally got slashdotted, just google image search "lego brick gun"

should be called (1)

schroet (244506) | more than 4 years ago | (#30327980)

"How I got fired"

How do I get his job? (1)

jayme0227 (1558821) | more than 4 years ago | (#30328304)

He's playing with legos then staying late after work to play modern warfare 2? All I get to do is play stupid games on Facebook and read stories on slashdot.

Feel lucky punk. Everything's blocked but /. 4me (1)

DRAGONWEEZEL (125809) | more than 4 years ago | (#30368744)

As it should be I guess.

I know Canada is a bit strict (1)

Zerth (26112) | more than 4 years ago | (#30335396)

But with something like 3% of Canadians having handgun licenses, is this really that scary?

What if he had been an out of uniform security guard doing some cleaning?

Glad I never repaint my office nerf guns.

Re:I know Canada is a bit strict (0, Flamebait)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#30337048)

Guns are bad, remember? Who cares if its possible to legally have one its all about the evil gun. Over in parts of the UK i believe its illegal to even have a model gun, so having a lego weapon would be a crime in itself.

Glad i don't live there. ( actually, id have moved long ago )

Re:I know Canada is a bit strict (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#30337302)

But everyone who has LEGO bricks potentially has a model gun. Obligatory xkcd [xkcd.com] .

Re:I know Canada is a bit strict (4, Insightful)

RockDoctor (15477) | more than 4 years ago | (#30342078)

Over in parts of the UK i believe its illegal to even have a model gun, so having a lego weapon would be a crime in itself.

By "parts of the UK", I take it that you mean Scotland, as that's the only part of the UK that has a different legal system to the rest of the UK (Northern Ireland has a separate legal system to the remainder of the UK, but I don't believe that it's significantly different). But you're wrong ; it has never been illegal to own a model gun, or even to make one, in the same way that it has never been illegal to own, make or repair a chair leg.
However, it has always been unwise to carry a model gun (or a chair leg) in public, or in circumstances where you could come into conflict with the police. People have died in the past for this, and will die in the future.

Two examples :

  • a number of years ago an amateur carpenter was repairing a chair leg for a friend - I believe turning a duplicate of an existing leg. As arranged, he goes to meet the friend to deliver the replacement at a pub. Friend wasn't there, beer was consumed, carpenter walks out of pub with chair leg in it's bag to be greeted by "Armed Police! Drop the weapon!" A few seconds of confusion, a few bullets fly, and a cover-up ensues. (One significant fact : the pub was popular with the resident Irish.)
  • Man comes home from pub pissed up with a friend. They have an argument and the friend gets kicked out. Abuse is exchanged through the window, while the resident is lighting a fag with a novelty lighter shaped like a revolver. Calls to the police from neighbours, roads are blocked off, people evacuated, a 4 hour "siege", and eventually the police go in through the door with explosives, tear gas and weapons drawn. Fortunately no casualties.

It's a crazy world.
You're glad you don't live here? Well, I suspect that I'm glad you don't live here either.

Re:I know Canada is a bit strict (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30350034)

...and we're glad that wankers like you don't live here.

Re:I know Canada is a bit strict (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30353254)

But you're wrong ; it has never been illegal to own a model gun

Your correct but it's recently re restricted: it's illegal now to import replica wepons unless licenced to do so. I.E. you have a Licence that shows you play airsoft and therefor need to buy a airsoft replica gun. So within reason, it's illegal to but replica's. Oh and blank fireing pistols are illigal in general due to it being possible to make them fire real rounds.

Re:I know Canada is a bit strict (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30349980)

Fuck the UK. I proudly and legally pack a 9mm S&W everywhere the law allows.

Fuck Canada, too.

Re:I know Canada is a bit strict (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30356776)

Right back at'cha there slick.

Re:I know Canada is a bit strict (1)

ubergeek65536 (862868) | more than 4 years ago | (#30340982)

Almost all security guards here do not carry guns, most don't even have a license. The only security guards I can think of that carry sidearms are armoured car guards. Come to think of it most sheriffs don't carry guns, they are more interested in the Dodge Magnums they drive than Colt magnums

Re:I know Canada is a bit strict (1)

Uberbah (647458) | more than 4 years ago | (#30355980)

And what percentage of gun owners in the U.S. go on shooting sprees at work? If someone whips out what sure looks like a gun (from a distance), are you going to GTFO or blow it off because "only" .003% (or whatever) gun owners go postal?

Your question seems to be quite silly. Just ask the survivors of the terrorist attacks from Mumbai last year.

Re:I know Canada is a bit strict (1)

dogsbreath (730413) | more than 4 years ago | (#30367436)

So... if I painted my AK-47 fluorescent lime green, yellow and orange, then no one would think it was a real gun?

You're doing it wrong... (1)

PsychoSlashDot (207849) | more than 4 years ago | (#30341092)

Yes, I'm being funny.

How dare you say "LEGOs"?!?

As per the company's web site... http://cache.lego.com/downloads/aboutus/LEGO_company_profile_UK.pdf [lego.com]

  The LEGO brand name should always be written in capital letters
  LEGO must never be used as a generic term or in the plural or as a possessive pronoun, e.g. “LEGO’s”.
  When the LEGO brand name is used as part of a noun, it must never appear on its own. It should always be accompanied by a noun. For example, LEGO set, LEGO products, LEGO Group, LEGO play materials,LEGO bricks, LEGO universe, etc.
  The first time the LEGO brand name appears it must be accompanied by the Registered symbol ®

Wait for it...

Wait for it...

The plural of Lego is Lego.

Re:You're doing it wrong... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30341482)

Yes, I'm being funny.

You are quite bad at it. Stop.

Re:You're doing it wrong... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30351048)

The plural of Lego is Lego.

A few months ago there was a lengthy discussion/survey on some Slashdot article that asked what various countries call the plural of Lego. As far as I remember the S (ie legoS) was used by a few (1-2 EU countries and USA) while most called "a set of lego bricks" just "Lego" or "Lego bricks" and not "Legos".

Another football vs. soccer regional-differences argument ;)

Re:You're doing it wrong... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#30353222)

Wait for it...

Wait for it...

The plural of Lego is Lego.

You just broke the first rule: "The LEGO brand name should always be written in capital letters".

Sigh (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#30354954)

Unfortunately, I cannot view any pictures of Lego brick guns at work; they are filtered out as belonging to "weapons" sites. I wonder if incarcerated felons are still allowed to order black legos?

And what’s really funny is... (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#30357936)

Jeremy managed to slashdot BrickGun [twitter.com] IRL:

Due to the overwhelming number of orders from recent press and the holiday rush, all orders from today on will be delayed 2-3 extra weeks
10:03 PM Dec 4th

All purchases are now officially backordered. Any orders submitted today and after will take 4-6 weeks to arrive.
10:37 PM Dec 4th

@JeremyBell: We've have spikes like this due to press before (usually cool gadget blogs) but never during the xmas rush, so it's challenging
11:08 AM Dec 6th

Why do Americans say "LEGOs"? (1)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | more than 4 years ago | (#30362450)

The plural of LEGO is would seem to be just "LEGO" but it actually isn't - it has no plural. In proper English (not American) you have to say "LEGO pieces" or something similar.
"LEGOs" makes me want to gouge your eyes out.

Re:Why do Americans say "LEGOs"? (1)

I cant believe its n (1103137) | more than 4 years ago | (#30363946)

"LEGOs" makes me want to gouge your eyes out.

Now that is a somewhat unexpected reaction. Is it the mere use of the word "LEGOs" that causes this over-reaction in you or is it triggered by something more tangible, like for example the sensation of multiple sharp LEGOs under your foot?

Re:Why do Americans say "LEGOs"? (1)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | more than 4 years ago | (#30385060)

The mere word. Nothing more, nothing less.
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