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Beretta’s future in Maryland tied to state’s gun-control debate
Washington Post ^ | February 23, 2013 | Aaron C. Davis

Posted on 02/24/2013 7:11:59 AM PST by Second Amendment First

On the production floor of Beretta USA sits a hulking new barrel-making machine ready to churn out the next object of obsession in America’s love-hate relationship with guns: a civilian version of a machine gun designed for special operations forces and popularized in the video game Call of Duty.

Beretta, the nearly 500-year-old family-owned company that made one of James Bond’s firearms, has already invested more than $1 million in the machine and has planned to expand its plant further in Prince George’s County to ramp up production.

But under an assault-weapons ban that advanced late last week in the Maryland General Assembly, experts say the gun would be illegal in the state where it is produced.

Now Beretta is weighing whether the rifle line, and perhaps the company itself, should stay in a place increasingly hostile toward its products. Its iconic 9mm pistol — carried by every U.S. soldier and scores of police departments — would also be banned with its high capacity, 13-bullet magazine.

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

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.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; beretta; guncontrol; maryland; secondamendment
In testimony this month in Annapolis, Reh, who oversees the plant, warned lawmakers to consider carefully the company’s future. Reh pointed to the last time Maryland ratcheted up gun restrictions in the 1990s: Beretta responded by moving its warehouse operation to Virginia.

“I think they thought we were bluffing” in the 1990s, Reh said. “But Berettas don’t bluff.”

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Relocating high-tech machining equipment and vats of chrome used to plate Beretta barrels would be costly and out of character for a company that is still based in the Italian town where it began in 1526.

The company’s Italian patriarch, Ugo Gussalli Beretta, visited the plant shortly after O’Malley introduced his gun-control bill, and the two discussed the issue. But Reh declined to say if the two reached any decisions about what would happen if the governor’s bill passes.

“All I can tell you is, Mr. Beretta said, ‘There always seems to be a problem with Maryland.’ ”

1 posted on 02/24/2013 7:12:05 AM PST by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Baretta, the people of Texas extend you a hearty welcome. We would love for you to bring your plants down here where we respect the 2nd Amendment. As a side benefit, with you guys moving down here, we might be able to finally get some good pizza around here. :-D


2 posted on 02/24/2013 7:18:10 AM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Second Amendment First
Come on down to Oklahoma! (Texas is starting to get crowded!)

we have open carry, and is the reddest of the red states.

3 posted on 02/24/2013 7:18:41 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Second Amendment First

tell Maryland to take a long walk off a short pier


4 posted on 02/24/2013 7:19:11 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Second Amendment First
The cost of that move would be offset in less than six months by the tax free enviorment in Texas. I bet there are a few states that would pick up 100% of the cost of the entire move and rent you a building for a $1 a year for ten years just to have Beretta move to their state.

Thats how my city lured Cabellas.

5 posted on 02/24/2013 7:19:16 AM PST by Newbomb Turk ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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To: Second Amendment First

They should have pulled out of MD a long time ago.


6 posted on 02/24/2013 7:20:13 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Second Amendment First

“Relocating high-tech machining equipment and vats of chrome used to plate Beretta barrels would be costly and out of character for a company that is still based in the Italian town where it began in 1526.”........

Bring those lines to Wisconsin, albeit we have cold weather here. We have some of the best machinists in the world within our borders and moving a line here would be a piece of cake.


7 posted on 02/24/2013 7:20:28 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Second Amendment First
“Why expand in a place where the people who built the gun couldn’t buy it?” said Jeffrey Reh, general counsel for Beretta.

Mr. Reh, a better question might be: "Why pay business taxes to a state that wants to destroy you?"

8 posted on 02/24/2013 7:21:45 AM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Second Amendment First
Money Quote:

“I think they thought we were bluffing” in the 1990s, Reh said. “But Berettas don’t bluff.”

9 posted on 02/24/2013 7:22:13 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Second Amendment First

the protest solution is to flood the market with unmarked unstamped 3d created magazines. Make legislation meaningless.


10 posted on 02/24/2013 7:28:48 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Second Amendment First

Welcome to NC- we need the jobs! Right to work state! Lots of people who buy guns!


11 posted on 02/24/2013 7:29:30 AM PST by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Second Amendment First

"Hah theah. Come on down t'Texas."

12 posted on 02/24/2013 7:31:43 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Second Amendment First

During the CW1, the North had the lion share of arms manufacturing.

It seems that the Blue states are not giving that much thought this time around. Gun and ammo production are all headed Red.


13 posted on 02/24/2013 7:33:57 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Come on out to Kaleephornya.......no, wait......just...damn.


14 posted on 02/24/2013 7:36:51 AM PST by stboz
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To: martin_fierro

Why would they go farther than a short hop across the Potomac River to a very gun-friendly state where most of their skilled employees could still have a reasonable commute from their current homes?

TC


15 posted on 02/24/2013 7:37:11 AM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: Second Amendment First
Michigan will welcome you! Firearms are a part of our lives from hunting in our large forests to picking off the stray burglar in Detroit.



The little man with the gun is calling you!
16 posted on 02/24/2013 7:39:13 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Second Amendment First

There always seems to be a problem with Maryland.

Yup.


17 posted on 02/24/2013 7:42:17 AM PST by Stalwart
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To: VanDeKoik
What is "Circumspice"?

That sounds like a mohel's favorite coffee flavor.

18 posted on 02/24/2013 7:43:48 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Second Amendment First

South Dakota..no income tax, good conservative people and a long tradition of using firearms.


19 posted on 02/24/2013 7:51:01 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: Second Amendment First

Those of us that live in Texas that do not wish to be a part of a communist dictatorship strongly encourage all gun and bullet manufacturers to move to the once and future Republic of Texas...

BTW... There is a nice little industrial park behind our place with easy (1 mile) access to IH-35 located halfway between DFW and San Antonio, the conservative Heart of Texas.


20 posted on 02/24/2013 7:51:22 AM PST by CenTex (November 6, 2012... A day that will live in infamy!!!)
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To: Second Amendment First

The bottom line is that blue states are just no longer conducive to business. There are many red states where not only could Beretta have an almost ideal manufacturing set up, with lots of acreage, energy and water for their plant, in a major transportation zone, but they could even have a luxurious “company town” for their executives and employees.

And very little local or state government interference, except in helpful ways they have solicited.

It would be their own version of Walt Disney World.


21 posted on 02/24/2013 7:53:25 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Second Amendment First
If MD gets their much coveted people control legislation passed, Beretta should move its operations to a free state and stop all sales of firearms to MD - that includes citizens too.

MD has always been weak on the right to bear arms. In fact, it doesn't even appear in their constitution. This is reason enough for freedom loving citizens to vacate the state.

Beretta is welcome to come to PA. The right to bear arms in PA Shall not be questioned.

22 posted on 02/24/2013 8:01:37 AM PST by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: martin_fierro

Yep.

I live 14 mile from Rick’s parents. His family arrived here 3 years before mine did in 1889.

No place on earth appreciates fine weapons more than the people of Texas. And we appreciate and respect business owners.


23 posted on 02/24/2013 8:05:04 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Second Amendment First
“All I can tell you is, Mr. Beretta said, ‘There always seems to be a problem with Maryland.’ ”

I doubt they would have those sort of problems in Arizona or a lot of other places.

Andare a ovest vecchio armiere

24 posted on 02/24/2013 8:25:10 AM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (Because 2 terms with Jerry Brown as Governor was all I could take.)
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To: Texas Fossil
His family arrived here 3 years before mine did in 1889.

My family came to the Republic of Texas in 1839.

25 posted on 02/24/2013 8:28:59 AM PST by Antoninus II
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To: FatherofFive

There is more reasons than just the scholarship received that has my CA kid going to OU! Go Sooners!


26 posted on 02/24/2013 8:30:34 AM PST by fremont_steve
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To: Joe 6-pack

Latin for “look about (around) you”.

The whole phrase roughly: “If you seek a more pleasant peninsula, look about you...just dont look at Detroit.”


27 posted on 02/24/2013 8:32:08 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Second Amendment First
I wish I could still say that they should come to Colorado. sigh
28 posted on 02/24/2013 8:45:11 AM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Second Amendment First

They can build it down the road from me. Right next to the Hornady plant. Guns and ammo in one spot. Ummm. Nice.


29 posted on 02/24/2013 9:01:55 AM PST by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: Antoninus II

One of my ancestors was born in Texas during the Republic, but others came during Reconstruction.

They moved to this county in 1889. The title on one of our farms has 3 names on record, all in the family. From father to daughter to nephew.

Outsiders often mistake love of Texas as pride or arrogance. It is neither. It is based in love of freedom and open spaces. There is no recovering from that.

“Texas is not where you were born but a State of Heart, Mind and Attitude” TF


30 posted on 02/24/2013 9:33:46 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Second Amendment First
A good company located in a lousy state.

Time to get out of Maryland.

31 posted on 02/24/2013 9:42:59 AM PST by TYVets
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To: FatherofFive

Grady County bump! Plenty of good bbq, as well.


32 posted on 02/24/2013 11:56:11 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: FatherofFive

Yeah!


33 posted on 02/24/2013 1:23:39 PM PST by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: Colorado Doug
So sorry for you, Colorado used to really be something! I still have family there, been there since the gold rush days, they are devastated by the current politics of the State and the disrespect for the glorious history of Colorado. Sad.
34 posted on 02/24/2013 1:30:05 PM PST by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Come to Georgia! We know how to respect Baretta’s 500 Year family heritage of firearms freedom!


35 posted on 02/24/2013 9:11:34 PM PST by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: Second Amendment First

Come to Georgia! We know how to respect Baretta’s 500 Year family heritage of firearms freedom!


36 posted on 02/24/2013 9:48:50 PM PST by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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