Minnesota prohibits federally licensed firearms dealers from selling a “Saturday Night Special Pistol,” and no person may manufacture or assemble a “Saturday Night Special Pistol.”1 The state defines a “Saturday Night Special Pistol” as a handgun “other than an antique firearm or a pistol for which the propelling force is carbon dioxide, air or other vapor, or children’s pop guns or toys, having a frame, barrel, cylinder, slide or breechblock:
• Of any material having a melting point of less than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit;
• Of any material having an ultimate tensile strength of less than 55,000 pounds per square inch; or
• Of any powdered metal having a density of less than 7.5 grams per cubic centimeter.”2
See our Design Safety Standards for Handguns policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.