The Hi-Point handgun was a common firearm in Illinois due to its affordability. However in early 2017 they began to disappear from gun shops. The rumor mill has it that, “The Hi-Point is Illegal in Illinois”. But that’s not exactly true, in fact it is only partially correct.
There has been a law on the books, in Illinois, since the late 60’s or early 70’s referred to as the “Illinois melting Point” law. This is sometimes called the “melting pot” law. This law essentially states that certain handguns, formerly referred to “Saturday night specials” (at the time), were unlawful for a licensed dealer to sell or transfer. This melting point law was something that went mostly forgotten until about 2009 when gun owners realized these firearms might be included in this obscure law. However it wasn’t until 2017 that the manufacturer stopped sales to Illinois dealers.
The Illinois “Melting Point law”, part of the Illinois Criminal Code, says…
(720 ILCS 5/24-3) (from Ch. 38, par. 24-3)
Sec. 24-3. Unlawful sale or delivery of firearms.
(A) A person commits the offense of unlawful sale or delivery of firearms when he or she knowingly does any of the following:
(h) While holding any license as a dealer, importer,
manufacturer or pawnbroker under the federal Gun Control
Act of 1968, manufactures, sells or delivers to any
unlicensed person a handgun having a barrel, slide, frame
or receiver which is a die casting of zinc alloy or any
other nonhomogeneous metal which will melt or deform at a
temperature of less than 800 degrees Fahrenheit. For
purposes of this paragraph, (1) “firearm” is defined as in
the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act; and (2)
“handgun” is defined as a firearm designed to be held and
fired by the use of a single hand, and includes a
combination of parts from which such a firearm can be
Bold text has been added for emphasis.
Lay-man’s interpretation: It is not illegal to own a hi-point handgun. But it is unlawful for a licensed gun store to sell or transfer a hi-point handgun, or other hand guns made of similar metals. This prohibition on transfer does not apply to long guns. It is also important to note that this melting point law does not apply to polymer pistols such as the Glock.