Now that the idiots in Maryland – in competition with New York and Connecticut – have passed some of the most restrictive, oppressive gun laws in the country, I’m expecting Beretta, USA to move its corporate headquarters away from that swamp in Accokeek, MD and to a state that is more friendly toward its products and customers. The new gun control law includes the usual histrionic ban on magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds, an uninformed, quivering ban on “assault” weapons and a requirement for anyone who purchases a handgun in the state to submit their fingerprints to the State Police, effectively treating every Marylander who wants to make a constitutionally protected purchase like a criminal.
Those who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution will not be able to legally purchase a gun either – even if they have been cured per their doctor. Of course, this doesn’t prevent anyone purchasing a gun ILLEGALLY, or through a private source, but who are we to quibble?
When the bill was still in its infancy, discussed by Maryland congressleeches, Beretta was considering leaving Maryland for a state that would be a bit more friendly toward its product.
Beretta USA executives have grown weary of the state’s attitude on guns and reportedly have backed up their threat by pointing out the company moved a warehouse to neighboring Virginia in 1990 when Maryland previously tightened gun laws.
They’ve done it before, and they should do it again.
Beretta USA employed between 330 people at its headquarters in Maryland in 2007, and press reports indicated that the company was aiming for growth at that time. Its company profile puts the number of employees as high as 500. With a workforce of 3.14 million, and 6.7 percent unemployment as of December 2012, and 210,330 people out of work in the state, another 500 unemployed would really suck.
Not that the legisleeches in Maryland give a fuck. THEY have jobs. And they are making decisions that will negatively impact the lives of those who put them in office, to say nothing of infringing on their rights.