Gun control, not surprisingly in this political climate, is being debated in Maryland. Beretta USA, which is located in Maryland, is paying close attention to the outcome.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley recently introduced the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, also known as Senate Bill 281. SB 281 is your standard Democrat gun control bill. It would ban “assault rifles”, ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and ban any new guns with two or more “military-like” 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. The Washington Post reports:
“Why expand in a place where the people who built the gun couldn’t buy it?” 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 O’Malley’s proposed gun-control bill.
“I’m concerned. I think they’re going to move,” said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert). “They sell guns across the world and in every state in the union — to places a lot more friendly to the company than this state.”
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.