Beretta May Leave Maryland Because of Gun Ban
by William Bigelow
25 Feb 2013
Beretta USA in Maryland is thinking of pulling up stakes and moving out of the state because of pending assault-weapons ban legislation. Beretta USA is a division of Beretta, the 500-year-old family owned company which won a contract in 1985 to become the standard sidearm of all U.S. servicemen, replacing the Colt 45.
Gov. Martin O’Malley has offered a bill that would ban assault rifles and magazines with more than 10 bullets, meaning Beretta’s famous 9mm pistol, which has a 13 bullet magazine, would be banned. New sidearms that possessed “military features” would also be included, which means Beretta’s semiautomatic version of the ARX-160 would likely be banned.
Beretta USA has expressed frustration that the state where the guns are produced would disallow its citizens from owning the guns. Jeffrey Reh, general counsel for Beretta, said, “Why expand in a place where the people who built the gun couldn’t buy it?”
This is getting interesting! The various lawmakers concocting these laws are basically thumbing their noses at certain employers in their states and suppliers to state/local law enforcement saying, “You wouldn’t dare!” And they are! Vendors are refusing to sell to law enforcement agencies in jurisdictions that pass these laws infringing on the Second Amendment! And now some are actually moving out of such states! Forgoing steady business and pulling up stakes and moving are hugely expensive and risky. A golden egg laying goose is doing the unthinkable, counter-attacking those who would kill it!