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Bryan Preston


January 29, 2014 - 11:16 am

About a year ago, Maryland passed onerous new gun restrictions. At that time, gun manufacturer Beretta said Maryland’s decision would force it to reevaluate its presence in the state. Beretta, the world’s oldest weapons maker, makes many of its firearms at its factory in Accokeek, MD and has warehousing facilities there. Previous Maryland actions against the Second Amendment have already caused Beretta to relocate some of its warehousing to Virginia, which has more open gun laws.

Today, Beretta announced that it is building a new firearms factory in Tennessee. It chose that state for commonsense reasons.

Jeff Reh, general counsel for Beretta, said the company was looking a state that supported Second Amendment rights,and had other key attributes, including a competitive tax environment, good quality of life and was focused on corporate recruitment.

That rules out most of the blue states.

Beretta’s new Tennessee facility will create 300 jobs.

h/t Instapundit

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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The moves will not be instantaneous. It takes time. They have to build the production line in Tennessee and make it operational. Then they can start transferring production from Accokeek. Then they can expand in Tennessee, and reduce their footprint in Accokeek, with the final stage being the transfer of equipment to the now newer, more modern Tennessee facility. As Tennessee grows, and production at Accokeek declines, it makes more sense to shift the warehousing to Tennessee. Finally, as the equipment and warehouses are gone, they can close and sell Accokeek. It will take a while, but it will cost Maryland far more than 300 direct jobs, and more secondary jobs.

Corporations need to move to free states.

Subotai Bahadur
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I live in Maryland. This is a good thing. We Marylanders need to learn the inevitable connection between cause and effect. For too long we've been latched onto Uncle Sam's sweaty teat and have forgotten that, yes, elections do have consequences. We are a state of lotus-eating dullards, and have elected regime after regime of knee-jerking, "progressive" demagogues. More businesses should leave, until our collective noses have been thoroughly rubbed in the filth we have allowed to be created. So be it.
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