Gun control, not surprisingly in this political climate, is being debated in Maryland. Â Beretta USA, which is located in Maryland, is paying close attention to the outcome.
MarylandÂ GovernorÂ Martin Oâ€™Malley recently introduced theÂ Firearm Safety Act of 2013, also known asÂ Senate Bill 281. SB 281 is your standard Democrat gun control bill. ItÂ would ban “assault rifles”, ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and ban any new guns with two or more â€œmilitary-likeâ€ features. SB 281 was passed out of Senate Judiciary Committee last week by a 7 to 4 vote.
Beretta USA, in response to SB 281, is hinting that they might be forced to leave Maryland if it’s signed into law.Â The Washington Post reports:
â€œWhy expand in a place where the people who built the gunÂ couldn’tÂ buy it?â€ said Jeffrey Reh, general counsel for Beretta.
Concern that the company will leave, and take its 300 jobs with it, is palpable among state lawmakers who worry it could be collateral damage from Gov. Martin Oâ€™Malleyâ€™s proposed gun-control bill.
â€œIâ€™m concerned. I think theyâ€™re going to move,â€ said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert). â€œThey sell guns across the world and in every state in the union â€” to places a lot more friendly to the company than this state.â€
If SB 281 is signed into law, I hope Beretta does move, just like Magpul leaving Colorado. It’s time to start cutting off these corrupt governments financially by voting with our feet.