“Beretta doesn’t bluff”
GALLATIN, TN – Abandoning previously planned expansion in the vehemently anti-gun state of Maryland, Beretta, one of the world’s leading firearms manufacturers, announced its decision to expand its manufacturing capabilities to a facility in Tennessee.
The announcement comes nearly a year after the company promised to relocate if Maryland legislators passed highly politicized anti-gun laws, which, as recent events demonstrated, left Maryland residents even more vulnerable to violent crime.
In a statement last year, Berretta said, “The idea now of investing additional funds in Maryland and thus rewarding a Government that has insulted our customers and our products is offensive to us so we will take steps to evaluate such investments in other States.”
The move will bring more than 300 jobs and investments totaling over $45 million to the town of Gallatin, Tennessee.
“We started our search by looking only at states that have a consistent history of support for and likelihood of future support for Second Amendment rights,” said Jeff Reh, a member of the Beretta’s board of directors.
Maryland isn’t the only state to feel the economic squeeze of their anti-Second Amendment legislation. Magpul, a firearm accessory manufacturer, recently moved out of Colorado after the state enacted laws banning standard-capacity magazines.