NFL Investigating Redskins-Themed Gun
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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — An AR-15 assault rifle bearing the Washington Redskins name and logo was displayed at the Capitol Gun Show over the weekend.
The problem? The National Football League does not issue marketing licenses to firearms manufacturers.
The league will conduct an investigation into the apparent unauthorized use of team trademarks, NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello says.
Images of the gun appeared on a photo-sharing website on Monday.
Virginia-based gun retailer Terminal Performance was selling an apparently identical rifle for $1,999.99 at one point. The gun is currently sold out, according to the company’s website.
The company gave the gun quite the description:
“Angels will be heard singing ‘Hail to the Redskins’ in the background as you feast your eyes on this one of a kind tribute to our nation’s capitol home team. The National Football League’s Washington Redskins take center stage in an extraordinary custom AR-15 build. Decked out in burgundy and gold, this weapon system is a must for the Redskin fan that has everything. Nothing else like this ‘Skins carbine exists on planet earth, from the patented swirl-dipped color matching optic cover to the full length black widow rail. One look at this football themed rifle conjures images ranging from Sammy Baugh to John Riggins and the hogs; and from Darrel Green to RG3. Capitalizing on the legend of the Washington Redskins, This AR-15 has what it takes to honor the Super Bowl winning football team. Everything including the upper receiver, lower receiver, barrel, grips, stock and optic scream the burgundy and gold. As with all of our projects, this firearm is 5.56/.223 made with all American parts by American gunsmiths right here in Virginia.”
The NFL has no stance on ownership or gun control, but does have a policy related to firearms in the workplace. Such policies are commonplace in work environments.
Firearms are forbidden in every facility owned, operated or being used by an NFL club.