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

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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.

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  • http://Bizpac Ted

    Maryland. You just float the contract out to someone else. Happens in business all the time. You can get any number of gun makers here. With the gun mania in this country, Smith & Wesson, or the Glock makers, or Ruger would be glad to move right in. Even if you kiss that company's butt, Maryland, they could still move out if their management thinks its a good idea. If they threaten you, they don't respect you. There is also the possibility of manufacturing 95% of the gun in Maryland and ship the pieces to Mississippi for the final 5% and completion. You know the gun enthusiasts will pay. They already are paying. If they are not good business partners, find someone else. Happens all the time. If you are not happy with the Italians, tell them: Arrivaderchi.

    • MississippiGal43

      @ Ted…There is no "contract" with Maryland other than maybe some taxation considerations…and sorry to tell ya…gun ban states can hang up business with firearm and ammunition manufacturers locating there. No they will not respect a hostile location and will move to where their assets are safe, protected and welcome. Yes Mississippi would love to have any and all in this industry locate here. God knows we need the jobs.

      • http://www.arpa-online.org Jeff Cantwell

        Nope, Arkansas. We have Wilson Combat, Aurora Tactical, and a Remington ammo plant. Soon we'll have Magpul. Then Beretta.

    • jj339c

      @ Ted. This is a matter of principle and sometimes all that matters is principle (i.e. 1776). Beretta should have left that socialist state years ago. I own a Beretta and will buy another if they move just to vote my approval. It's an anti 2nd ammendment state due to the high crime in DC and Baltimore and unfortunately the good people out in the eastern shore and the western side are held hostage.

    • h8_libs

      what the F are you smoking Ted? No one is going to willing move to the peoples republic of Maryland…get a clue D**K

  • KB Cook

    Both people and businesses vote with their feet. Way to go, Beretta!

  • http://Facebook Patty

    You can come here to Michigan. We will gladly accept you. Plus, we could really use the jobs here.

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    Maybe when I used the word "contract", I was wrong. Used "incentives". When any company leaves part of a market, another can come right behind it and fill the void. If not in the gun business, something else. If the state makes the business move attractvie, business will come. Again, happens all the time. In place of the gun factory, there could be a place that makes plumbing fixtures, or plastic hubcaps, or whoppie cushions. Happens all the time. Just saying…

    • Barry G.

      So wrong Ted, as a born Marylander I have Liberal friends from that state that are commenting on this news, it is not just the gun makers that are leaving MD, many business's are getting the heck out of Dodge for tax reasons. MD is one of the most left wing ruled States in the Union, they are a safe haven State, and they have a tax system that punishes success, so don't worry, NO GUN MAKER WILL FILL YOUR SO CALLED, VOID!!! PERIOD. And I'll lay a bet down backing that up. VA is one of the benefactors of MD's left wing ignorance.

  • haskell

    i sat good for you baretta. i wouldnt stay anywhere i didnt feel welcome. and no other gun maker will go there to think otherwise is foolish at best. this absurd agenda this "government" is pushing is gonna start getting more and more responses like this. and it is three years overdo as far as i am concerned. and from what i am hearing there are more and more businesses who are thinking doing business in this country is not worth it anymore. people need to wake up and see what the true intentions are of officials they elected. do so soon.

  • kateinmacclenny

    email Beretta to welcome them to FLORIDA!!!

    estore@berettausa.com

  • David

    come to south carolina…fantastic incentives…if you dont believe me just ask …Boeing….BMW…..Michelion..Alcoa..we will be more than glad to accomidate you….. i dont thing any other arms manufactures will move to Maryland..and we have PSA here also..Palmetto State Armory and they make a version of the AR15..SO COME ON DOWN

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  • Berlin Veteran

    Ted, While you may think that you are taking a stand that will make everyone safer you have to at least look at what the ramifications of your decision. The government is getting to big for its britches. If they are allowed to take your 2nd Amendment Rights away what will stop them from taking other rights that you probably hold more dear? I am sick of this Estrogen Overload crap that is coming from those that think that by getting rid of guns they will stop violence. Take a look at other crime statistics and see what the violent crime rates are by other means. You think by advocating one solution to this that it will fix everything. Have you ever looked at what someone looks like that has been beat to death by a club or other device? You are dead wrong on this subject and you need to get your Estrogen levels under control. Over 56 Million people died in the 20th Century because they had no access to weapons to defend themselves. I would guess that even if you were able to get any legislation passed it will be short lived as this may just spark a civil war. I urge you to look at the reasons why pro 2nd Amendment people are pro 2nd Amendment. There is no Utopia and there never will be!!

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