In light of a law supported by Gov. Martin O’Malley (above) last year, a major employer recently announced it will be moving out of the state of Maryland.
Beretta USA, the company behind a variety of firearms sold in America and beyond, reacted to the Firearms Safety Act by making the decision to relocate to Tennessee. The law prohibited the sale of dozens of gun models within the state.
According to the corporation’s general manager, Jeff Cooper, Beretta did everything possible to make its relationship with Maryland work. In the end, however, the threat leftist ideology poses to the manufacturer’s ability to do business in the state made a move imperative.
“While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of these obstructive provisions,” he explained, “the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the state.”
The announcement comes after the company warned that such a relocation could be in the cards should the climate in Maryland become too hostile toward firearms production and ownership.
At that time, company attorney Jeffrey Reh told the Washington Free Beacon that anti-gun activism was an impediment.
“We are confronted with a state government that wants to ban our products at a time, by the way, when numerous other state governments are courting our investment,” he stated.
As it turns out, Cooper explained that the partnership between Beretta and Tennessee simply works out better as a permanent production hub.
“While we had originally planned to use the Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only,” he noted, “we have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland production lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility.”
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