Beretta is moving. Democrats in the state of Maryland actually think that their recent gun control bill that went into effect last fall is actually making people and schools safer. The law includes a ban on 45 different “assault” weapons, a 10-round limit on magazines, a requirement that gun buyers submit their fingerprints to the state police, and other provisions that will be ignored by criminals.
In the aftermath of the bill’s passage, InfoWars wrote that it would likely drive businesses like Beretta out of the state. They wrote:
[P]assage of this bill will likely drive employers such as Beretta USA out of the state, taking with them some 300-400 jobs. As Jeffrey Reh, general counsel for Beretta who testified against [Governor] O’Malley’s bill, put it: “Why expand in a place where people who built the gun [banned by the new law] couldn’t buy it?”
Now, that prediction has come true. Beretta has decided to relocate their gun manufacturing to Tennessee to escape Maryland’s gun control law. According to Fox News:
Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.
The well-known gun maker said it will move to a new production facility it is building in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin that is set to open in mid-2015.
Beretta general manager Jeff Cooper said that a sweeping gun-control measure that was passed last year initially contained provisions that would have prohibited the Italian gun maker from being able to produce, store or even import into Maryland the products that the company sells around the world. While the legislation was changed to remove some of those provisions, Cooper said the possibility that such restrictions could be reinstated left the company worried about maintaining a firearm-making factory in Maryland.
“While we had originally planned to use the Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only, we have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland product lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility,” Cooper said in a news release announcing the move.
The company anticipates the plant in more gun-friendly Tennessee will involve a $45 million investment in building and equipment and employ about 300 people during the next five years. Beretta said it has no plans to relocate its office, administrative and executive support functions from Accokeek, Maryland.
All gun manufacturers should relocate out of Maryland, bringing all their customers with them. All that would be left would be the gun control fanatics and criminals, between which there aren’t many differences. They definitely play for the same team.