PCShogun said:Well, we could get together and write a letter to our representatives? They may just not be aware that the law is on the books or that its intent is now obsolete. Explaining how plastic polymer and many alloys can no longer handle those temperatures, yet are stronger and safer than many materials that do qualify may be a way of pointing this out. I'd need to research the facts further though.
SECTION 23-31-180. Certain pistols declared to be contraband; forfeiture, seizure, and destruction; disposal restrictions; use for display.
No licensed retail dealer may hold, store, handle, sell, offer for sale, or otherwise possess in his place of business a pistol or other handgun which has a die-cast, metal alloy frame or receiver which melts at a temperature of less than eight hundred degrees Fahrenheit.
A pistol or other handgun possessed or sold by a dealer in violation of this article is declared to be contraband and must be forfeited to or seized by the law enforcement agency in the municipality where forfeited or seized or to the law enforcement agency in the county where forfeited or seized if forfeited or seized outside a municipality. The weapon must be destroyed by the law enforcement agency which seized the weapon or the law enforcement agency to which the weapon is forfeited. A weapon must not be disposed of in any manner until the results of any legal proceeding in which it may be involved are finally determined.
However, a law enforcement agency may use the weapon for display purposes after the weapon has been rendered inoperable.
PCShogun said:Yeah, they call it the "Saturday Night Special" law here in S.C. and it does relate to the temperature the frame can withstand. They did not want a gun that can be easily destroyed after a crime. How a polymer frame gets past, I have no clue.
I was looking for a fun little .22 and saw one from Phoenix Arms with 3 and 5 inch barrels. Can't buy it here for the same reason.