Beretta CEO Calls Out Maryland in Open Letter
As we recently reported, Beretta chose to expand its operations in the state of Tennessee rather than invest further in their Maryland facilities. Beretta had alluded to the fact that they may do so if Maryland passed its strict package of gun control laws last year, which they did. To add insult to injury for Maryland, Ugo Gussalli Beretta, CEO and president of Beretta Holding S.p.A., has penned an open letter calling out Maryland for their gun control laws.
The letter was published by the Washington Times. Here is an excerpt,
Our business has grown in recent years, and because of that, we needed to expand production in our U.S facility, located in Accokeek, just outside of Washington, D.C., in the Maryland suburbs.
Unfortunately, as we were planning that expansion, Maryland’s governor and legislature voted in favor of new regulations that unfairly attack products we make and that our customers want.
These regulations also demean our law-abiding customers, who must now be fingerprinted like criminals before they can be allowed to purchase one of our products.
We have seen these types of legislative proposals in Maryland before, and they never seem to reduce crime. Maybe this is because the proponents of such legislation blame the product instead of human misconduct.’
But in any event, because of these new restrictions and the pattern of harassment aimed at lawful firearm owners we have seen in Maryland over the decades, we decided to expand our facilities in a state that shows more respect for citizens who exercise their Second Amendment rights.
We chose Tennessee for our new facility expansion. Our plans for that location are extensive and long-lasting.