Skip to comments.(EDITORIAL) After Restrictive Legislation in Maryland, What’s Next for Beretta?
Posted on 03/12/2013 9:34:04 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
In the 1980s, Maryland looked like a logical place for Beretta USA to do business. When the 500 year old Italian company began establishing their American made brand image, they found the Old Line State most hospitable. D.C. is a short drive north. Virginia, with its federal agencies and long sporting traditions, is close on the western and southern borders. Beretta chose Accokeek, a area ripe for expansion with a readily available work force and a history of firearms production.
Beretta USAs presence in the southern part of the state has been an economic boon for the local residents. Beretta USA has contributed millions to the states coffers.
Beretta USAs employees, and countless others involved in supplying their Maryland plant, produce the M9, the side arm of most US military troops.
Why, then, would state legislators actively pursue legislation that will make it impossible for Beretta USA to continue with business as usual? It seems dubious, economically. But politicians arent idiots.
It is easier to blame our epidemic social problems on polymer and steel (and appear to be doing something) than it is to actually address the roots of violent behavior and mental illness, (which may shift the responsibility to parents, teachers, media, clergy, voters all of us). Ban a gun and pat yourself on the back for solving the problem.
But What About Beretta?
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Beretta needs to move to Texas. We have machinists in this town who have put rockets into space.
Would be nice if they started an “embargo” on doing business with the government and law enforcement.
Well, I’ll say this. I own multiple Beretta pistols (almost every type they make before their “P” series) and even a CX-4 and a Beretta Stampede.
They will be the LAST Berettas I own that are processed through their Maryland enterprise. I won’t spend my money with appeasers and Vichy conspirators any more. This includes S&W, Springfiled, Colt, et al.
“Why, then, would state legislators actively pursue legislation that will make it impossible for Beretta USA to continue with business as usual? It seems dubious, economically. But politicians arent idiots. “
The last sentence shows either a wanton disregard for empirical fact, or wistful idiocy......
“For their part, Beretta isnt saying what theyll do. Yet. Theyre maintaining a professional level of tactful calm. But we dont have to stay quiet.”
Let’s hope Beretta’s professional level of calm is more ‘tactical’ than tactful....since politicians aren’t idiots....
It would be an expensive proposition but I would like to see Baretta move to a state and community friendly to them and their products.
Perhaps they could gradually phase in a new, more modern facility in a place like Texas, Florida, Wyoming, etc., and gradually phase out the Maryland facility.
The employees in Maryland who can’t or won’t relocate can take the issue up with their idiotic government.
FR gun experts...was the young Marine right?
>But What About Beretta?
Beretta says they don’t bluff but it seems like they are content to help MD collect revenue to ban more guns.
Their silence now that MD has demonized gun owners is not a good sign.
I’d say Beretta will be looking in markets where there is already a big firearms manufacturer. Labor can be found there rather easily if the MD folk won’t follow the company.
I don’t like the M-9/92/96/etc guns because when you detail strip them, plungers, detents, springs, etc tend to go sailing off the bench. They’re spring bombs, in other words. They also use roll pins, which... aren’t what I want to see in a quality firearm.
The Beretta line of shotguns is quite good. Absolutely nothing wrong with their semi-auto shotguns or their double-barreled shotguns.
I wonder, does the author has empirical evidence to back up this claim? I can't think of any...
Actually, Beretta testified at the MD senate hearings and were very direct. Even the Italians said they “always had problems in MD”. After the last set of gun grabbing laws MD passed, Beretta moved their warehousing and distribution to VA. They have not been silent.
Better than everyone buying a gun, I hope to see every county, especially rural ones, having small gun-making operations. Ammo, too. That way we won’t have to worry about whether outfits like Beretta and S&W get taken over by the government.
Texas will move them here for free!
Beretta should come to South Dakota...no income tax and a long firearms tradition.
Texas should take over MD and move in troops.
I don’t have a 92 or 96 as they don’t fit my hand well, but everyone I have spoken too has had good luck with them. There was a problem of the govt supplying aftermarket magazines that sucked (primary cause of feeding problems IMO) but with factory mags they worked fine.
I would bet their government contracts that they stay put in maryland, and don’t say boo about anything, along with all of the other large firearm and ammunition manufacturers in the northeast. They will not jeopardize their business relationship with their largest customer, let alone risk being shut out of their largest market if they don’t play along. Business is business, even in banana republics.
” Whats Next for Beretta?” Carry yout A$$ES back to Italy and take that POS 9mm “pistol” with you. The sooner the US military gets back to an “UPDATED” .45ACP handgun and STARTS winning WARS AGAIN the better WE will be.