Beretta May Leave Maryland Because of Gun Ban


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!


Beretta Leaves Maryland Because of Stricter Gun Laws
By Dabney Bailey
Thu, April 04, 2013

New legislation is forcing gun manufacturing company Beretta to uproot and take their business elsewhere.

Beretta warned that stricter gun control laws would push the company outside of state lines, but that didn’t stop Maryland legislators. Jeffrey Reh, a spokesman for Beretta who also serves as the President of Stoeger Industries under Beretta, announced that the company would begrudgingly uproot and take its business elsewhere. He said, “We don’t want to do this, we’re not willing to do this, but obviously this legislation has caused us a serious level of concern within our company.”

He added that Beretta paid approximately $31 million in taxes, employs 400 people, and had invested $73 million in the business over the past several decades. Despite being such a prominent player in the local economy, Beretta was unable to prevent legislators from passing tighter gun control laws. Ironically, Beretta manufactures some firearms that are now banned in Maryland.

I hope MD businesses and citizens think this increase in their taxes (probably, the state isn’t going to reduce spending), impact on supporting and service businesses, and increased burden on state programs is worth the “blessing” of getting rid of Beretta. If not, maybe some politicians need to involuntarily spend some time on unemployment!


The Governor of IN has told the gun manufacturers that they are welcome in IN.