Skip to comments.Beretta May Leave Maryland Because of Gun Ban
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 OMalley has offered a bill that would ban assault rifles and magazines with more than 10 bullets, meaning Berettas famous 9mm pistol, which has a 13 bullet magazine, would be banned. New sidearms that possessed military features would also be included, which means Berettas 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 couldnt 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, Im concerned. I think theyre 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 1990s 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 dont bluff.
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Good for Beretta! I’m sure Texas or Georgia would love to have them.
>Berettas dont 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.
God Bless the 92FS.
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.
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.
NC will take them in...we even have a few paisans scattered around...
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.
and do not forget the 94F....
Not in Maryland, though... and I'm from there.
Odungo wants,Odungo gets
why would ANY business choose to remain in Maryland?
If anything, Wisconsin is more blue of a state than Maryland. I’m not sure the cheese and the beer is worth it.
Would the primary "military feature" be defined as the capability to launch a bullet?
Move to Texas Beretta or maybe Oklahoma. Good people, and most love firearms and the 2nd Ammendment!
Even some of my liberal relatives left MD years ago because of stuff like this...
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.
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.