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Beretta Leaves Maryland Because of Stricter Gun Laws
OpposingViews.Com ^ | 4/4/2013 | Dabney Bailey

Posted on 04/04/2013 8:53:25 PM PDT by T-Bird45

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?”

Sources: Fox, Washington Times, The Blaze


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: banglist; firearmsfreedom; guncontrol; kpyreyeonthesprrw; maryland; marylandmymaryland; relocation; secondamendment
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This has been rumored for the last two months during the legislative session.
1 posted on 04/04/2013 8:53:25 PM PDT by T-Bird45
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To: T-Bird45

Makes me feel better about the line of Berettas I own. Ruger, Colt. Ball’s in your court now.


2 posted on 04/04/2013 8:58:10 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: T-Bird45

Businesses can vote with their feet too and I’m glad to see them do it. Actions have consequences. Liberals need to learn this. I guiarantee that if Ohio turns into anything close to a liberal sanctuary, I’ll pop smoke and the next time I’m seen will be in Arizona... or maybe Texas....again.


3 posted on 04/04/2013 8:58:39 PM PDT by RC one (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: T-Bird45

Good for them!

Suck on that, O’Malice..how many fleeing companies does that make, now?


4 posted on 04/04/2013 8:59:55 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.....)
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To: T-Bird45

See ya, Maryland!

Business speaks!

GOOD on Beretta!!!!


5 posted on 04/04/2013 9:02:59 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: T-Bird45

Southern Merryland deserves the loss.


6 posted on 04/04/2013 9:04:14 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (The amount of ammo you need is determined after the gunfight.)
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To: RC one
Welome t Arizona
BR>

7 posted on 04/04/2013 9:08:30 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: T-Bird45
“The Indiana amendment was a last-second addition to a bill praised in the NRA report, one that would create a grant to expand the capacity and funding for “school resource officers” — specifically guards trained to prevent violence in the school setting.”
Aritcle: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/03/indiana-armed-guards-schools_n_3009778.html
8 posted on 04/04/2013 9:08:36 PM PDT by Bronzy
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To: T-Bird45

Good for Baretta.


9 posted on 04/04/2013 9:11:35 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: T-Bird45
GOOD for Beretta.

Remember the guy who used to have that name? He had a parrot I think. He was a short guy, kind of a wise cracker. I liked him.

Does anyone else remember him or know what's become of him. Google, here I come.

10 posted on 04/04/2013 9:14:08 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: T-Bird45

“Beretta’s bold move is regrettable but understandable”

No. It is commendable.


11 posted on 04/04/2013 9:14:08 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: T-Bird45

All across the United States, the Lefties are rushing to kill off the goose that lays the golden eggs.

Well, the legislators all have jobs - why should they care about the little people?


12 posted on 04/04/2013 9:15:11 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: cloudmountain

ROBERT BLAKE!!


13 posted on 04/04/2013 9:15:18 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: T-Bird45
"It’s only very infrequently that someone commits a crime with an assault weapon – why do you need one for self-defense?”

Looks like the gun grabbers want it both ways. If the guns are only very infrequently used by criminals, then how can they also be "the weapon of choice for criminals?"

They can't even keep their lies straight.

14 posted on 04/04/2013 9:15:21 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: cloudmountain

Is he bringing Fred, the Cockatoo with him?


15 posted on 04/04/2013 9:16:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: T-Bird45

Kudos to Beretta.
Personally, I try to do business only with companies that have the integrity displayed here by Beretta.

It is alos interesting to note that all the other arms manufacturers took careful notice of what happened to Smith & Wesson a few years ago when they pandered to the scumbag Democrats. Lessons learned.


16 posted on 04/04/2013 9:16:40 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Jack Hammer

start calculating dollars.


17 posted on 04/04/2013 9:17:54 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: T-Bird45

Good for them - all of us need to start voting with our feet...


18 posted on 04/04/2013 9:19:20 PM PDT by GOPJ (New term for Illegal Aliens IS Undocumented Democrats.... Jay Leno)
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To: T-Bird45

Woo! Hoo!
Vote with your feet! Congratulations Beretta!
You are very welcome in Arizona!


19 posted on 04/04/2013 9:20:24 PM PDT by SisterK (Bill Whittle for president)
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To: cloudmountain

He gunned his wife down while she was sitting in a parked car


20 posted on 04/04/2013 9:21:06 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: All

Yes!

The big names are now starting to jump ship.

I own an American made M-9. US Military requires that their guns are made in the US, so when Beretta won the Government contract in 1985 or so, they had to build a manufacturing plant in the US.

I’m in California and I’m keeping the pair of 15 round mags that came with it. They are probably worth their weight in Gold.


21 posted on 04/04/2013 9:22:23 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield ("I can see unhinged liberal media madness from my house!")
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To: dfwgator
Is he bringing Fred, the Cockatoo with him?

THANK YOU! I had forgotten the Cockatoo's name.
I HOPE he is. That bird stole the show.

22 posted on 04/04/2013 9:25:55 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Fai Mao
He gunned his wife down while she was sitting in a parked car

He did that--but I can't remember it being quite that simple. Maybe I'm wrong.

23 posted on 04/04/2013 9:27:12 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: T-Bird45

Good for Beretta. Now they need to stop doing business with Blue States.


24 posted on 04/04/2013 9:27:18 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: T-Bird45

You don’t keep a business running for close to 500 years by being stupid. Good for them.


25 posted on 04/04/2013 9:28:23 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: All

Baretta - TV Show
Beretta - Firearm


26 posted on 04/04/2013 9:28:59 PM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield ("I can see unhinged liberal media madness from my house!")
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To: Rodney Dangerfield
Yet further proof that MD is THE Freak state...
27 posted on 04/04/2013 9:41:00 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: T-Bird45

I’ll be buying some.


28 posted on 04/04/2013 9:43:10 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it)
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To: T-Bird45
This is actually big. These guys have been making firearms since charcoal burners roamed Europe. They have made it through Drake, Elizabeth I, Mussolini, and all that crap that went on in between.

When they pull out... I'll listen.

They have been beating rocks into firearms since before my family could write.

/johnny

29 posted on 04/04/2013 9:51:34 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: T-Bird45

And now they have 400 people out of work, on top of the family members that were supported by that company. Wonder what manufacturing company is going to come rushing right in to fill the void. Let me think.

They are so damn dumb.

And I’m thinking that the crime rate in Baltimore is gonna drop like a stone within the next week or two.


30 posted on 04/04/2013 10:01:24 PM PDT by qaz123
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To: dfwgator
>>Is he bringing Fred, the Cockatoo with him?<<

You can take that to the bank!

31 posted on 04/04/2013 10:05:04 PM PDT by Smittie (Just like an alien, I'm a stranger in a strange land)
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To: T-Bird45

Is this official? Seems like it’s a resignation of an eventuality but I don’t see any official statement from Beretta confirming that they’re absolutely leaving.


32 posted on 04/04/2013 10:24:14 PM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: T-Bird45

I hope they come to Arizona.


33 posted on 04/04/2013 10:32:47 PM PDT by Hildy (Falling down is how you grow. Staying down is how you die.)
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To: T-Bird45

Get the h*** out.


34 posted on 04/04/2013 10:44:38 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: T-Bird45

“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?”

It’s for that unlikely circumstance that I need God Powers, in terms of Ammo, to dispatch any miscreant that would threaten me or my loved ones.

You Dick!

I have been robbed at my Mom’s Quickstop twice and surrounded by Aholes more than I can remember who thought they were going to extort monies from me because they perceive I have money.

So a hardy FU. I had the means to defend myself on several occassions and now order my life based on those experiences.

I’ve grown accustomed to losers trying to take advantage of men and they have learned I’m a nice guy...But....

You have never been in danger of being shot.

You have never had a knife stuck to your ribs.

You know nothing about nothing..


35 posted on 04/04/2013 11:03:24 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Lancey Howard

I was going to purchase another Kimber .45 but, Beretta has made a stand.

I will purchase their product.


36 posted on 04/04/2013 11:04:38 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

Last December I bought a Beretta 8045 through Widener’s, new, two mags, under five hundred bucks. That is one of the best shooting lowest recoil .45 ACP pistols I’ve ever shot. I like it so much I paid $40 a piece for two extra mags.


37 posted on 04/04/2013 11:08:21 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Vendome

The pistol has only one negative, the decocker/safety is on the slide not the frame.

38 posted on 04/04/2013 11:12:50 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: coloradan

I don’t know about him, but I would prefer to outgun the guy who tries to break in. I remember a movie where Alan Lad? plays Jim Bowie. The other guy pulls a knife, and then Bowie pull out HIS knife, which is like a short Roman sword!


39 posted on 04/04/2013 11:13:54 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: SandRat

I love Arizona and I’d crawl over broken glass to vote for Jan Brewer.


40 posted on 04/04/2013 11:22:31 PM PDT by RC one (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Vendome

My son has a Kimber 45. It’s pretty sweet. But yeah, if you already have one give Beretta some of your business. My brother was over my house last week and had on a nice polo shirt with a Beretta logo over the pocket. Ironic.


41 posted on 04/04/2013 11:39:52 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: T-Bird45

more good news would be colt and ruger leaving connecticut.

even more good news would be the ammo people telling dhs to shove their billion round order up their collective communist asses.


42 posted on 04/04/2013 11:44:03 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: T-Bird45

I’m retired EOD and made the trip down 210 to Indian Head to DC many time over my career.... Always liked the fact the factory was there as some of the spouses worked there and were able to purchase a firearm each year at cost. My Girl Friday has quite the collection of some really nice berettas . The guy that runs or did run Al Mar knives was the chief cook and bottle washer at Beretta back then. I want to say Gary Fadden ??

All gun, ammunition and related products manufacturers should leave these socialist states. Take their business and its effects on community fiscal health where it’s appreciated by all .

Maryland’s polidiots have struck again !


43 posted on 04/04/2013 11:46:45 PM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: coloradan

Then why do police need ‘assault weapons’? If they need them for self defense from the ‘bad guys’, where are they confronting these ‘bad guys’? In secure areas away from the public or in amongst the public? Who is more likely to be a victim of the ‘assault weapons’ of the ‘bad guys’, the police or the general public? If the police are not legally obligated to protect citizens(USSC Warren vs DC 1981)shouldn’t citizens have the same self defense capability as the police since the ‘bad guys’ are amongst us and not ‘secured’ away?? The powers that be don’t give a damn about your ‘security’. It is about control and the power that comes from it. It is human nature. It is the history of mankind.


44 posted on 04/04/2013 11:57:58 PM PDT by yadent
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To: coloradan
"It’s only very infrequently that someone commits a crime with an assault weapon – why do you need one for self-defense?”

When the government is the criminal then the people need all the strength they can muster to resist crime.

45 posted on 04/05/2013 12:34:00 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: T-Bird45

Come to Texas!


46 posted on 04/05/2013 12:41:51 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: cloudmountain
Does anyone else remember him or know what's become of him. Google, here I come.

He did the crime, but didn’t do the time.

Some of us remember when he was Little Beaver. Robert Blake was acquitted of murdering his wife........

Haven't heard anything of him since then..

Robert Blake tried for murder

47 posted on 04/05/2013 12:45:36 AM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: T-Bird45
One(Maryland) legislator stated:

It’s only very infrequently that someone commits a crime with an assault weapon, why do you need one for self-defense?”

Talk about an idiot. What kind of people elected this ........... person?

48 posted on 04/05/2013 2:21:36 AM PDT by TYVets
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To: T-Bird45

I’ll believe it when I see moving vans crossing the border.


49 posted on 04/05/2013 2:46:55 AM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: TYVets

I live here. The state is filled with low information voters and gummint workers, often the same ones.


50 posted on 04/05/2013 3:11:34 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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