From Sen. J.B. Jennings:
BERETTA PUSHED OUT OF MARYLAND
Certainly, it should come as no shock to the O’Malley Administration that Beretta U.S.A., a Fortune 500 company, is taking its $45 million investment and 300 jobs out of Maryland for the gun-friendlier state of Tennessee. It should be emphasized that Beretta is the sole manufacturer of the primary sidearm used by the U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps. This is the side-arm that that our men and women in uniform have as their last form of defense while in harms way. Beretta representatives warned time and time again during committee hearings on gun control legislation that the major gun manufacturing company would not be able to operate successfully in a state so hostile to gun manufacturing.
At one point, the administration-sponsored legislation contained a ban on Beretta storing gun products in Maryland or importing them across state lines. How in the world could Beretta or any other manufacturer operate under such prohibitions? Beretta came to the obvious conclusion it could not!
While the ban on storing or importing guns and gun materials or parts across state lines was struck from the legislation in the House of Delegates, Beretta had no assurance that a future governor or state legislative body would not try to enact such a law.
Certainly, O’Malley’s response to Beretta’s threats to move out of state during the 2013 legislative hearing – “they (Beretta) can do whatever they want to do” was far from reassuring. O’Malley was just about thumbing his nose at Beretta and practically pushing the manufacturer out of state, along with 300 jobs of working families. Responding to Beretta’s announced move, O’Malley said, “They have been threatening that for a long time – to make a political point out of it – it’s a free country.”
As a strong and life-long supporter of Second Amendment Rights, I am well aware of the zeal with which others support over-the-top gun control laws. It’s no secret that Governor O’Malley is a strong supporter of sweeping gun control laws. However, I find it difficult to understand his zeal when it results in his stubborn refusal to make a good-faith attempt to work with Beretta in order to keep a Fortune 500 company from moving and taking along with it the jobs and incomes of 300 Marylanders. To my way of thinking that is really throwing out the baby with the bathwater! It’s as inexcusable as it is irresponsible.
Please do not hesitate to contact me about this or any other issue of concern to you. As always, I encourage and welcome your input. It helps me in bringing your voice to Annapolis.
Senator J.B. Jennings