Saturday, February 23, 2013

Beretta May Say Adios to Maryland - Hope So

Recognizing the gun control fanaticism of the Maryland General Assembly, Beretta, a company almost 500-years-old, is considering leaving the state of Maryland because a new gun they are about to roll out would be illegal in the state under an assault-weapons ban.

Another element to making a decision on whether to stay in the anti-gun state or not is its extremely popular 9mm pistol, which is used by numerous police department and all American soldiers, would also be banned in the state because it has a 13-bullet magazine.

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

The draconian legislation from Gov. Martin O’Malley would ban assault rifles and magazines with over 10 bullets, and any new guns that included what are identified as two more military-like features.

Reh also reminded lawmakers what happened last time they tried to pull gun regulation stunts - the company moved its warehouse operations to the state of Virginia. He wanted to let them know if they think the company is bluffing, they need to remember what happened the last time they attempted it.

As for the new gun, it's a very cool semiautomatic version of the ARX-160, which the company has already invested over $1 million in a machine to design it. It's a similar machine gun that has been made highly visible in the wildly popular video game Call of Duty. It's a civilian version of the gun, which is also used by special operations forces.

The company has already started to expand the plant to prepare for production of the gun. That move is in question now that the state is coming out against guns of this type, as well as others.

To me, Beretta shouldn't even think twice about leaving Maryland. They're anti-gun and anti-business, and there is no reason to operate in a state that opposes everything you stand for, and is willing to implement laws that would hurt the company and do nothing to improve safety.

According to the FBI, the latest figures in 2009 show that of the 9,000 plus homicides using firearms in America, less than 350 were committed using a rifle.

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