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September 12, 2013 - 12:38 pm

The Washington Post seems surprised that gun makers who threatened to leave anti-gun states, are leaving anti-gun states.

In May, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law a set of gun-control measures. At the time, firearm-maker Beretta, which has a presence in the state, criticized the law as being unacceptable despite amendments it says it was able to secure. The law “went from being atrocious to simply being bad,” Beretta said in a statement at the time. It was so offensive, in fact, that the company said it would consider making future investments out of state.

Maryland’s law goes into effect in just a few weeks and Beretta seems to be holding true to its promise. Georgia’s Upson County is developing incentive packages to attract a new Beretta plant that could house 400 employees, the Atlanta Business Chronicle recently reported. Georgia and North Carolina are among the seven states Beretta says it’s considering expanding to.

Kahr Firearms Group of New York told the Associated Press in early August that a new gun-control measure there played a role in the decision to open an 80- to 100-employee plant in Pennsylvania instead of New York.

And so forth. Several gun makers have voted with their feet to move from anti-gun states toward friendlier territory.

Why would they not do this? Every time a state passes anti-gun legislation, that state lays down a marker against the firearms industry. On the other hand, many states continue to pass laws protecting gun owners’ rights. The rational choice for gun makers is to abandon the former states and relocate to the latter ones.

It’s not just gun laws specifically that may drive gun makers from purple or blue to red states. The bluer states are lurching more and more toward the statist model, high taxes, more and more regulation, and so forth. The gun-friendly states tend to be the business-friendly states.

It’s hard to imagine anyone not understanding this.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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We are two Beretta family. My wife carries an M-9 and we also share a Nano subcompact. I am very pleased to see Beretta leave Maryland. I wish they would just expand their plant in Virginia so we can get a few good voters moving here from Maryland instead of the California-like refugees who are bringing their big government attitudes to the state.
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Expect the DoJ to sue Beretta any day now to force them not to move. Or the NLRB.
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It’s hard to imagine anyone not understanding this.

Of course they understand. The more the undesirables are driven out, the more secure they are to stay in power. Call it "Opponents Cleansing"?
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"Maryland’s law goes into effect in just a few weeks and Beretta seems to be holding true to its promise."

One can only hope ALL the MD gun makers and other afflicted businesses will take the necessary steps to save themselves. In Maryland, at least at the station I listen to (WCBM), the hosts and some listeners (who have commented on it) appreciate your Governor's current message to MD. They should, in that our legislators (in this election year) are contemplating buying votes with a Substantial Increase (7+ to 12+) in the Minimum Wage. While there was initial talk of reducing Corp taxes, that's loosing attention fast. While our "Rain Tax" will be discussed, one can't count on any real relief. For Businesses, particularly those with parking lots, its a killer.

The problem with VA is that at this point it could go purple to blue with the election of T. McCauliiff (sp?) Maryland wont have any real local competition in that case.
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People and companies vote with their feet & their moving vans. Expect blue state & blue city officials (Detroit is doing so now) to look up one day, & say "Where'd all da people & jobs go?"

Answer: To friendlier people & business climates . . . . in red states.

Beretta, you're welcome anywhere in the South anytime. My 92F & I welcome you with open arms.
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We are two Beretta family. My wife carries an M-9 and we also share a Nano subcompact. I am very pleased to see Beretta leave Maryland. I wish they would just expand their plant in Virginia so we can get a few good voters moving here from Maryland instead of the California-like refugees who are bringing their big government attitudes to the state.
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Expect the DoJ to sue Beretta any day now to force them not to move. Or the NLRB.
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"It’s hard to imagine anyone not understanding this."

Really? Liberals/Leftists are some of the dumbest people on this planet. Of course they won't understand this.

Here's a conversation in the halls of Government in California:
"Why are all the businesses and rich people leaving California"
"I don't know. It doesn't make any sense."
"I know. Hold on. I vote to increase taxes on businesses and rich people"
"I just can't understand why they want to leave. Wait, I vote to increase onerous regulations."
"I know. Must be something in the water that makes them want to leave."

What a bunch of moroons.
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The gun industry learned the lesson long ago. After Smith and Wesson, under the control of a politically sensitive corporation, signed an agreement with the Clinton administration, it saw a large drop in sales with no matching increase in govt contracts. It quickly abandoned the deal as Clinton became a lame duck but it took years - and getting sold to a less PC ownership - for Smith and Wesson sales to recover.
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"It quickly abandoned the deal as Clinton became a lame duck "

S&W has never "abandoned the deal". It is still in full legal force. It may be that they are not enforcing the terms on their dealers in a "wink wink" sort of fashion, but S&W has never repudiated the deal nor made any effort to have it legally nullified.


"but it took years - and getting sold to a less PC ownership - for Smith and Wesson sales to recover. "

Years, yes, and conveniently short memories of lazy gun owners who would rather have a new toy than be inconvenienced by a boycott.

It was never about who owned the company.



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I am not interested in defending S&W but, Yes, S&W did abandon the agreement, they've manufactured scores of models of guns that violate its terms. And there was a change in ownership and management.
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Why I have never bought a S&W product - new, old or otherwise. Some of us remember. Actions should have consequences.
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I remember the Smith & Wesson deal with the Clinton Administration. The day I heard about it, I vowed never to buy another Smith & Wesson product as long as I lived. To this day, I've kept that vow, and I know other people who still refuse to buy Smith & Wesson products, even though the company is now under different ownership.
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The day S&W stands up like they've got a pair and gets the legal agreement nullified, I'll buy a brand new one to celebrate.

Until then, no.
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Me too!
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It’s hard to imagine anyone not understanding this.

Of course they understand. The more the undesirables are driven out, the more secure they are to stay in power. Call it "Opponents Cleansing"?
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