Frame melt point laws ?????


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Car Knocker
January 26, 2006, 07:53 PM
While following a link

http://www.eaacorp.com/handguns-witness-revolvers-windicator-TP.html

I came across this statement:

Note: (*) Alloy model cannot be sold in SC, WI, Il or other states or cities with frame melt point laws.

I have never heard of a "frame melt point law". Would someone enlighten me on this new-to-me concept and its purpose? Thanks.

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VirgilCaine
January 26, 2006, 08:02 PM
It stops affordable guns from being made. Allegedly, heat hot enough to melt a gun's alloy frame is an everyday occurrence and so it's important to not have one that will melt and not function.
It's just an exscuse to make guns more expensive, require another test, etc.

rbmcmjr
January 28, 2006, 01:30 AM
The melting point laws were an attempt at outlawing the so-called "Saturday Night Specials". Many inexpensive guns were cast from zinc alloys, which have a much lower melting point than ordnance steel (4140?). By deeming these to be "of no legitimate use", they were able to render a broad spectrum of cheap handguns illegal. Many contend this was a backdoor effort to make it too expensive for Joe Average to afford a gun rather than attempting to outlaw them directly.

Rick

Mainsail
January 28, 2006, 02:26 AM
When I lived in SC I was told the law was created to prevent minorities from being able to buy a gun. The law was supposedly changed when the state troopers wanted to carry the Glock.

Car Knocker
January 28, 2006, 03:02 AM
Thanks! Learned something new.

Do these laws also apply to plastic-frame guns such as Glocks, SA XDs, etc? Or are they selectively applied to lower-priced handguns?

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