Beretta Leaves Maryland Because Of Stricter Gun Laws

April 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured Stories, Gun Control

(OPPOSING VIEWS)   New legislation is forcing gun manufacturing company Beretta to uproot and take their business elsewhere.

Established in 1526, Beretta holds the distinction of being the oldest active firearms manufacturer in the world. The U.S. factory is located in Accokeek, Maryland, and has been a staple of the local economy for years.

Beretta warned that stricter gun control laws would push the company outside of state lines, but that didn’t stop Maryland legislators. Jeffrey Reh, a spokesman for Beretta who also serves as the President of Stoeger Industries under Beretta, announced that the company would begrudgingly uproot and take its business elsewhere. He said, “We don’t want to do this, we’re not willing to do this, but obviously this legislation has caused us a serious level of concern within our company.”

He added that Beretta paid approximately $31 million in taxes, employs 400 people, and had invested $73 million in the business over the past several decades. Despite being such a prominent player in the local economy, Beretta was unable to prevent legislators from passing tighter gun control laws. Ironically, Beretta manufactures some firearms that are now banned in Maryland.

Republican state Delegate Anthony J. O’Donnell lamented: “Losing [Beretta] would be a big disappointment. Maryland has a reputation for having a horrible business climate, and this would be one more nail in the coffin.”

Legislators had ample warning. Back in the ‘90s, when Maryland beefed up gun control laws, Beretta moved one of its warehouses a short drive away to Virginia.

Beretta’s bold move is regrettable but understandable. Reh told reporters, “Why expand in a place where the people who built the gun couldn’t buy it?”

All of Beretta’s pleas fell on deaf ears. Even as Reh lamented Beretta’s looming departure and emphasized the company’s centrality in the local economy during the hearing, Maryland legislators grilled Reh on self-defense.

One legislator stated: “Other than target shooting, the only other reason [for a semi-automatic firearm] would be for self-defense… [Why would you need a] rifle that accommodates 20 rounds semi-automatic for deer hunting? … It’s only very infrequently that someone commits a crime with an assault weapon – why do you need one for self-defense?”

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5 Responses to “Beretta Leaves Maryland Because Of Stricter Gun Laws”
  1. SPARKY says:

    I sure hope that Beretta moves to Florida BC we sure could use their business down here… (And we can still buy any product that Beretta makes)…

  2. ARIZONA says:

    MARYLAND DOESN’T NEED BERETTA FIREARMS COMPANY,the locals have the demons from hell, (federal government) supporting them,almost everyone in maryland works for the commies in dc,the biggest place of employment in mayland is the BIO-WARFARE CENTER AT FT.DETRICK,they are the ones who have created every desease ever heard of,thats the biggest reason for betertta to leave there,its only a matter of time before the demons turn something loose on them,SO ITS SMART OF BERETTA TO LEAVE NOW,while they still can……………

  3. ARIZONA says:

    WHEN YOU LOOK AT MARYLAND,……..THINK CALIFORNIA………SAME DEMONS AND MORONS RUN BOTH STATES,HAHAHA,KISS YOUR ASS GOODBY MARYLAND,WE KNOW YOUR DOING IT FOR THE CHILDREN, RIGHT…..STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES,soon all you morons will be living in your cars,just like the morons in california……………..

  4. inthedoghouse says:

    Well , the economy suffers when the do-gooders move forward… I hope the gun makers from CT do not do the same .. Keep everyone safe , yup but if you do not work you do not eat … We must all be 1 issue voters ..

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