Beretta leaves Maryland due to the hostile political climate towards guns in the state.
The political climate in Maryland has gradually become more and more hostile to guns since Beretta established their production facility at Accokeek, Maryland. As a result, the company has announced they are breaking ground on a new manufacturing and research facility in Tennessee.
As the American Rifleman reported, the last straw for Beretta was the Firearms Safety Act enacted in response to the Sandy Hook shooting and recently upheld by a federal judge. One of the provisions of this law made it illegal to “manufacture, sell, offer for sale, purchase, receive, or transfer a detachable magazine that has a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition for a firearm.”
Obviously, this would significantly complicate matters for Beretta, as many of their firearms, including the M-9 pistol used by all branches of the United States Military, are produced with “large capacity magazines,” which are now illegal to produce, transfer, and sell in Maryland.
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As a result, Beretta began looking for a new home. Executives considered locations in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Virginia and took into account both the business climate as well as the attitude towards guns and hunting in the new proposed locations. They did not want to expend a significant amount of money and effort moving to a new location just to turn around and have to deal with the same sort of anti-gun sentiment there that they left Maryland to escape.
Though there were many excellent choices available for Beretta, they ended up choosing Gallatin, Tennessee as the site for their new production facility due to logistical as well as political reasons. All production, including the M-9 pistol, will move from Maryland to the new facility in Gallatin soon as all existing contracts are filled. It is estimated that the new facility in Tennessee will open in mid-2015.
As Colorado learned when Magpul decided to leave for Wyoming and Texas, there are consequences to passing gun control laws. They can’t have their cake and eat it to: it’s their choice to pass new gun control laws, but don’t expect to keep the jobs and tax revenue that come from the companies these laws target.
Beretta is the oldest firearms manufacturer in the world and had produced firearms, including the M-9 pistol, in the state of Maryland for over three decades.
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