Beretta to Maryland: Enact gun laws and we may be outta here

m92_elite_beretta

Photo credit www.hdwpapers.com

The domestic arm of Beretta, Italy’s respected gunmaker, is considering pulling up stakes from its 35-year home in Maryland and moving on to greener pastures.

The Aurora Theater shooting and the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have started a war with clearly-defined battle lines. On one side, lawmakers are furiously drafting gun control bills to prove to their constituents they’re actually doing more than attending cocktail parties.

On the other side are arms manufacturers and gun enthusiasts who foresee the very real possibility of their livelihood being stripped away and their Second Amendment rights denied in the heat of passion.

Some armorers have banded together and vowed to refuse to do business with any state enacting strict gun control measures.

Beretta is taking an even more direct approach, telling Maryland: “Enact such measures at your own risk,” according to The Washington Post. Beretta is considering moving its operations to another state if Maryland infringes on the Second Amendment rights of Beretta’s clientele.

In the Obama age of high unemployment, this is no empty threat.

Firearms today are a growth industry building for expansion, but firms like Beretta face a dilemma.

“Why expand in a place where the people who built the gun couldn’t buy it?” Jeffrey Reh, general counsel for Beretta, told The Washington Post.

The Post’s Aaron Davis wrote:

Concern that the company will leave, and take its 300 jobs with it, is palpable among state lawmakers who worry it could be collateral damage from Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed gun-control bill.

Among other restrictions, O’Malley’s bill would ban assault rifles, magazines with more than 10 bullets and any new guns with two or more “military-like” features. Gun experts said it’s a near-certainty that Beretta’s semiautomatic version of the ARX-160, now only a prototype, would be banned under O’Malley’s bill.

“I’m concerned. I think they’re going to move,” Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., told the Post. “They sell guns across the world and in every state in the union — to places a lot more friendly to the company than this state.”

Whether the company moves or stays is, I suppose, at least in part up to Miller’s Senate. For now, each firearm leaving Beretta’s Maryland facility is stamped, “Made in Accokeek.” Maybe next year they’ll be stamped, “Made in Laredo.”

Read more at The Washington Post.

Comments

53 thoughts on “Beretta to Maryland: Enact gun laws and we may be outta here

  1. brenda s butler says:

    Our government needs to stop infringing on our second

    amendment, the right to bear arms. We have this for a reason and

    Obama took an oath to up hold our constitution, not to to tear it apart. Something needs to be done with that man who thinks he can rule the United States of America.

  2. Steven Jarris says:

    I think that the firearms in Easton, PA, are going to be more and more restricted. I am not for that, but that is how things are playing out.

  3. KenC says:

    I noticed O'Malley claims to have decreased crime in Baltimore by 40%, although he has no sources or statistics to back it up: http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/ite…. I'm sure with the new gun control laws, he'll fabricate more statistics in order to get elected if he runs for president. They don't call it Bodymore Murderland for nothing. And gun control is supposed to improve things? Perhaps when Beretta leaves, they can replace them with corporations to manufacture Man Purses. Move all the Man-ginas to this state and make gay marriage mandatory.

  4. KenC says:

    I noticed O'Malley claims to have decreased crime in Baltimore by 40%, although he has no sources or statistics to back it up: http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/ite…. I'm sure with the new gun control laws, he'll fabricate more statistics in order to get elected if he runs for president. They don't call it Bodymore Murderland for nothing. And gun control is supposed to improve things? Perhaps when Beretta leaves, they can replace them with corporations to manufacture Man Purses. Move all the Man-ginas to this state and make gay marriage mandatory.

  5. Robert G says:

    Good for Beretta. Move out of the state. Starve those communist of all the money you can.

  6. tirednpissed says:

    Your absolutely correct ive lived here 55 years.im a sportsman and avid shooter. I am tired of tax hikes where is our money going. Jacking up taxes and now these assigned: gun laws. I am also going to leave. The people in this state need to stand up against the blood sucking wolves and say were not going to take it anymore.we voted for some of these A holes and they forget they are supposed to be for us working Americans.

Comments are closed.

Related Posts