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Beretta May Leave Maryland Because of Gun Ban
Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 2/25/2013 | William Bigelow

Posted on 02/26/2013 3:39:44 AM PST by servo1969

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?”

State lawmakers are genuinely concerned that Beretta will leave; 300 jobs could be lost. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) said, “I’m concerned. I think they’re going to move. 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.”

Reh has warned the legislators, citing the 1990’s move toward increased gun restrictions which prompted Beretta to transfer its warehouse operation to Virginia. Reh said, “I think they thought we were bluffing. But Berettas don’t bluff.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: banglist; beretta; guncontrol; maryland; omalley; secondamendment

1 posted on 02/26/2013 3:39:48 AM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Good for Beretta! I’m sure Texas or Georgia would love to have them.


2 posted on 02/26/2013 3:41:10 AM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: servo1969

>Berettas don’t bluff

Well what are they waiting for? MD has already done more than enough to cause any respectable business to move elsewhere.

Instead of pondering and posturing, Beretta should be moving now.


3 posted on 02/26/2013 3:53:53 AM PST by soycd
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To: servo1969

God Bless the 92FS.


4 posted on 02/26/2013 4:02:24 AM PST by MachIV
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To: servo1969

I remember when Barreta moved that factory to PG County in MD. They wanted to be near the US capitol it made the Italian Management feel safe. They had a mistrust of the fly over regions.... LOL.


5 posted on 02/26/2013 4:02:57 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: servo1969
Their warehouse operations are across the river in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It's a fair distance, but a commutable one.

I think it's almost a slam-dunk that they'll move production of the ARX-160, perhaps across the river.

The problem with Virginia for Beretta is that it's become more of a purple state recently. The infection that's killing the blue states has taken hold there, too. I'd look at Texas for a place to build the ARX-160 if I were Ugo Beretta.

6 posted on 02/26/2013 4:05:49 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: freeangel

NC will take them in...we even have a few paisans scattered around...


7 posted on 02/26/2013 4:08:39 AM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: servo1969

I live in Maryland, not far from the Baretta location.

I would hate o see the jobs go, but Baretta is right in this.

I like th comment by Mike Miller, by the way he is one of the biggest pieces of Shyt in this state. It is he who is leading the pack killing Maryland. He is concerned, LMAO, he might be concerned but he will support the gun bills.


8 posted on 02/26/2013 4:34:45 AM PST by Venturer
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To: MachIV

and do not forget the 94F....


9 posted on 02/26/2013 4:35:24 AM PST by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: servo1969
I have always wondered why gun manufacturers are still in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, etc.
10 posted on 02/26/2013 4:42:11 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Adder
If they come to NC, I would be interested in going to work for them. Heck, if they move to Virginia I would be interested in going to work for them.

Not in Maryland, though... and I'm from there.

11 posted on 02/26/2013 4:43:43 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: servo1969
300 jobs could be lost

Odungo wants,Odungo gets

12 posted on 02/26/2013 4:46:37 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Oberon
They need to look to the Midwest where we cling to our guns and religion. We have some of the greatest machinists in the world working here in Wisconsin, “Common down”.
13 posted on 02/26/2013 4:48:14 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: servo1969

why would ANY business choose to remain in Maryland?
(crickets)


14 posted on 02/26/2013 4:50:47 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Progov

If anything, Wisconsin is more blue of a state than Maryland. I’m not sure the cheese and the beer is worth it.


15 posted on 02/26/2013 4:54:26 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: servo1969
New sidearms that possessed “military features” would also be included...

Would the primary "military feature" be defined as the capability to launch a bullet?

16 posted on 02/26/2013 5:14:05 AM PST by CPOSharky (zero slogan: Expect less, pay more. (apologies to Target))
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To: servo1969

Move to Texas Beretta or maybe Oklahoma. Good people, and most love firearms and the 2nd Ammendment!


17 posted on 02/26/2013 5:32:11 AM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: servo1969

Even some of my liberal relatives left MD years ago because of stuff like this...


18 posted on 02/26/2013 5:36:39 AM PST by Enduro Guy
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To: servo1969
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.

This has been the case for awhile in MD, where handguns are concerned. I purchased my Glock 21 in Baltimore around 1997. It was restricted to 10 round magazines at that time.

19 posted on 02/26/2013 5:45:23 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: servo1969
State lawmakers are genuinely concerned that Beretta will leave ...

I listened to the committee hearing on SB281 last Thursday night ... Beretta never came up. These state senators are morons ... there isn't a rational thinking brain among them ... they are ramming this through so OMalley can keep the pace with Cuomo for the 2016 Dem nomination.

They don't care at all if Beretta leaves Maryland.

20 posted on 02/26/2013 5:49:33 AM PST by dartuser (My firearm is not illegal ... its undocumented.)
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To: servo1969

WV could use the jobs, it’s extremely pro-gun, and is also not too far away.


21 posted on 02/26/2013 5:56:17 AM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: servo1969

I h ope that they come to Texas, Houston in particular. We have machinists who have spent most of their careers making rockets for Nasa. How good are they?

They.will.curl.your.hair.


22 posted on 02/26/2013 5:57:57 AM PST by buffaloguy
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To: freeangel

Yes, Texas still has room for another company to move into.


23 posted on 02/26/2013 7:08:04 AM PST by tillacum
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To: soycd

I agree.. PR stunt for Idiots. If they really didn’t bluff, they would have left MD a long time ago. I am sure MD will cough up some crony capital to help out. I have gotten far more cynical.


24 posted on 02/26/2013 7:32:59 AM PST by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: servo1969; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


25 posted on 02/26/2013 8:10:55 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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