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.