In Ilion, New York, Remington Arms is contemplating leaving the state and take it’s thousands of jobs and tax revenues with it. Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that Beretta may do the same thing in Maryland. They figure why should they make a product that their own workers can’t own;
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.
Among other restrictions, O’Malley’s bill would ban assault rifles, magazines with more than 10 bullets and any new guns with two or more “military-like” features. Gun experts said it’s a near-certainty that Beretta’s semiautomatic version of the ARX-160, now only a prototype, would be banned under O’Malley’s 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.”
Berretta has done it before when they moved a warehouse to Virginia after a particularly onerous bill. In total, 44 gun companies have announced their intentions to forbid sales to State Law Enforcement entities in states which restrict gun ownership by their citizens. Maryland legislators still don’t get it, though;
Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr. (D-Prince George’s), whose district encompasses the Accokeek plant, said he would do everything he could for the company.
“We want to keep those jobs,” said Vallario, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which has a key role in approving the legislation.
Well, if you want to keep those jobs, don’t screw Marylanders, dipshit.
Thanks to Hondo for reminding about the story.