RM380 Added to Maryland Handgun Roster

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In the state of Maryland firearms are rather heavily regulated. In fact, the state keeps a registry of handguns which may be purchased by residents. According to Maryland law residents are only allowed to buy handguns manufactured after January 1, 1985 – and those guns must also be listed on the Maryland Handgun Roster. (Interesting sidenote: up until this year the state also required FFLs to turn over the spent casing supplied by manufacturers with new guns to the Department of State Police Crime Laboratory upon the sale, rental, or transfer of said firearm. The practice was discontinued in 2015 after being deemed ineffective.)

The inclusion of a new handgun on the Maryland Handgun Roster is great for residents since it opens up their options at least somewhat. Now Maryland has announced they are adding the Remington RM380 to the roster. The RM380, a micro pistol designed with concealed carry in mind, was first announced by Remington in April of 2015. At that time I reviewed it for The Firearm Blog; the review can be viewed here.

In recent years pistols chambered in .380 ACP gained popularity partly due to their being purchased by new shooters. Of course, they’re also used by a number of gun owners for concealed carry whether as a backup or main carry weapon.

It would be nice if the addition of another semi-auto pistol to the Maryland Handgun Roster was a sign the state was considering expanding its semi-auto horizons, but it seems unlikely. This is good for Remington, though, since it will undoubtedly boost sales of the RM380.



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • datimes

    Spent casing collection practice was discontinued in 2015 after being deemed
    ineffective. I can not recall of an inane useless firearm law, or regulation, ever repealed? The gun controllers just keep doubling down. (Clinton’s “assault” weapons ban expired)

    • Eh, it was discontinued long before 2015. The LAW was only repealed at that point. Yes, we had to send shell casings to be stored in barrels (unprocessed!). It was so stupid that even our gun-hating legislators couldn’t see wasting the money.

    • icetrout

      these Northern Commie SCUM have destroyed My Maryland…

  • Ambassador Vader

    Sweet! The citizens of the peoples republic of Maryland’s are having their freedom extended! Now if only it hadn’t been taken away in the first place.

    • USMC03Vet

      A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free
      State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be
      infringed………unless local state government says the specific model isn’t on an approved list, then you cannot have.

      • Ambassador Vader

        I guess just like marriage vows going from “until death do us part” to “until I get bored, you cheat on me, or I find someone better” we revised “Shall not be infringed” to “unless its on the approved list”.

  • Manfredi1

    Excuse my ignorance, but what was the point of sending the spent shell to the state police lab?

    • So if a shell casing is found at a crime scene they would match it to a gun in the database. Problem was most of the guns used in crimes in Maryland were not sold in Maryland so the database was ineffective because the guns wouldn’t be in the database. Also its worthless against revolvers or guns using brass catchers or the criminal picking up the shell casings which does happen. Yep criminals sometimes pick up their litter.

      • Manfredi1

        But what’s the connection? Isn’t a spent shell from one say Gen 4 Glock 19 the same as another Gen 4 Glock 19? Put another way what is the link between a spent shell and a specific gun with a specific serial #? (Again, excuse my ignorance.)

        • Bill

          Actually each fired case will have individual characteristics specific to the gun is was fired from, note that they are usually microscopic and may not always exist or be practicable to find and document. They are usually scratches in the chamber or imperfections in the extractor, ejector or firing pin that imprint or transfer to the fired case. Thus the cartridge rim usually holds the best evidence.

          • Anon

            YEs and no. In theory it is POSSIBLE (that is, not every time with every firearm) that the chamber or firing pin MAY leave impressions or marks on the casing or primer.

            HOWEVER, the issue is that since there are impressioned caused by contact, the imperfections causing the markings (if they exist) will, as more rounds are fired, change or even disappear, meaning, for example, that the firing pin impression of a gun straight from the factory (i.e. the casings sent to the lab for documentation) will be different when examined in the same gun after 5k rounds.

          • Bill

            That is correct. Fortunately for those in the forensic sciences, crime guns are rarely fired that much. I’ve never had a case in which “normal” wear effected the test results, usually because the time between when a suspect cartridge case or bullet is fired and the testing is conducted is relatively short, in terms of metal wear. Additionally, for that defense to be raised the defendant has to acknowledge possession of the firearm and/or how many times it’s been fired, which they aren’t inclined to do, particularly after the gun was recovered buried in sludge in a farm pond or from an elevator pit after they tossed it.

          • Manfredi1

            Much thanks to all!

        • Suppressed

          Ballistics/forensic science is very sharp. Each gun leaves rifling marks from the barrel onto the bullet and a firing pin mark in the spent shell that, on a microscopic/highly-magnified level, are unique to the gun as if they are its fingerprints.*

          * This is what I’m told by police and television, two professions where lying/acting is just part of the job, what the actual real-world truth actually is, I don’t know.

        • Bdpenn

          Well in the case of a anti gun prosecutor easily able to seat a jury of anti gun individuals in an anti gun court of an anti gun state, it is entirely imaginable with the evidence provided by an anti gun forensic investagator assigned to an anti gun sheriffs department run by a politically appointed anti gun Sheriff or police chief that it would be completely conceivable to convince said jury, the news media and all the anti gun pundants in the U.S. that it is entirely possible to match a cartridge case picked up from a crime scene and match the fireing pin strike on the primer or chamber machine marks transfered to the spent case with the cartridge case provided by the firearm manufacturer. Whats not to understand? I just described the justice departments of the U.S. Of A, Washington DC and all of the tangent adjacent jurisdictions.

          • Scott P

            Funny thing is that scenario never happened in Maryland nor will it ever now since the fired casing law was repealed.

        • Its called microstamping California requires it by law on all new manufactured guns sold there. Basically what is done is that during manufacturing a laser makes microscopic marks such as the serial number on the firing pin and breech face of the gun. When a round is fired these markings such as the serial number of the gun are supposed to be imprinted on the shell case in the two different locations. This is supposed to allow the identification of the gun and trace it.

  • Freddy

    Actually, only handguns manufactured after 1 January 1985 must be on the Maryland Handgun Roster in order to be sold in Maryland. Guns manufactured before that date can be sold in Maryland without being on the Handgun Roster.

    • Klaus Von Schmitto

      Thanks for clarifying. That seemed to me to be the most screwed up thing about the law there.

  • Bill

    All I know is that having a pocket pistol mounted on a belt in an OWB holster that is many times the size of the pistol is…strange.

  • This article is completely bizarre. It’s written like it was some sort of miracle the RM380 was approved. The truth is, we usually get 1-2 dozen new approved handguns every meeting.

    MD’s handgun roster is not that hard to get on, it just takes a few months. It’s not like CA, where you need microstamping and five thousand bucks. You just submit an example of the gun, fill out some paperwork, and wait. As long as it functions correctly and has a trigger guard, you’re pretty much GTG. If anything, it’s the non-semi-auto derringers that have serious trouble getting on.

    • Drunk Possum

      All of what you wrote is still outrageous. If the lawmakers in my state tried that BS, they be tarred & feathered and drummed out of the state.

      Just sayin…

      • You’re just saying what? You think that the gun owners of Maryland are voting for this stuff, or that we’re just waiting around letting it happen? I’m tired of people in dark red states who haven’t fought a day in
        their lives for their state gun rights telling those of us in the deep blue
        states that we’re slackers because we lose. You try fighting it out with a two chamber Democratic supermajority in your state legislature and let me know how well that goes for you.

        Around 1990, Maryland turned the corner, and the liberal urban areas had enough population that they could dominate the rural and suburban areas. Short of someone nuking Rockville, Baltimore, and Columbia, this state is basically a lost cause due to demographics. It is literally impossible to elect the right people now, because there are just not enough people in the state who favor gun rights to win.

        Sorry, sore topic.

        • Drunk Possum

          Easy guy. I’m not from a red state even. Purple if anything. But even in a purple state, we have a strong culture for firearms in general. I never even implied that you get what you vote for. The only thing I can add is that I’m from Commiefornia and when things went from bad to worse, we fled for our freedoms. Maybe it’s an option for you?

  • Len Jones

    You’ve got to be kidding me. Your living in the wrong state. Are the thugs in Baltimore restricted to the same laws.

    • icetrout

      HOGAN is a RINO !!!

  • janklow

    “Now Maryland has announced they are adding the Remington RM380 to the
    roster. The RM380, a micro pistol designed with concealed carry in mind-”

    …and as such i’m not sure why THIS of all pistols is news to be added to the MD roster.

    • Scott P

      Yep the roster pretty much only bans derringers. Every other current production gun has been or will be approved, even AK and AR pistols!!

  • Lew Siffer

    Does the State of Maryland keep a list of approved words that its subjects are allowed to speak?

  • icetrout

    no handguns manufactured before 1985 ??? WTF ??? so what am I to do with all these WWII 1911’s ???