[Video] BREAKING: Beretta Moving Some Operations to Tennessee Due to Maryland’s Strict Gun Control Laws

January 29 2014
by GSL Staff
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Beretta delivered testimony to the Maryland state legislature last year attempting to fight the strict gun control laws being proposed. The gun manufacturing giant even hinted that they would consider moving their operations and/or stopping expansion in Maryland were the laws to be passed.

Well, we all know now that the laws were in fact passed, and it looks like Beretta wasn’t simply bluffing.

It was announced today that Beretta’s planned expansion will be taking place not in Maryland, but in Tennessee. The company’s Maryland operation is operating beyond its capacity. The company had originally planned to expand in Maryland, but canceled those plans when the debate on the gun control laws began.

According to News Channel 5,

Gun company Beretta USA will build a manufacturing facility in Sumner County, bringing at least 300 jobs.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced the $45-million investment on Wednesday morning at a press conference at the Old Supreme Court Chamber at the State Capitol.

“I want to thank the Beretta family for their substantial investment in Tennessee and the 300 jobs they’ll create in Sumner County,” Haslam said. “Beretta is one of the world’s great companies, and its commitment to excellence and Tennessee’s rich history in manufacturing make today’s announcement a great match as we continue toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs.”

Beretta is probably the highest profile move by a gun maker due to gun laws. Magazine and accessory maker Magpul has also captured headlines following their relocation from Colorado to Wyoming and Texas following Colorado’s passage of strict gun control laws last year.

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