The financial costs of acting stupidly. Democrats never quite seem to think these things out, huh?
Maryland’s legislature is weighing a gun control package that would impose aggressive restrictions on Maryland gun owners, and gun maker Beretta U.S.A. is warning the bill would drive more than guns from the state, Red Alert Politics reports.
Beretta, located in Accokeek, employs around 400 people at any time, a representative said during testimony before the Maryland legislature this month, and won’t hesitate to take those jobs elsewhere if the state passes a ban on the rifles it makes. The Washington Post reports that Maryland would lose about 300 jobs if Beretta leaves.
Jeff Reh, general counsel for Beretta, said in his Feb. 7 testimony that the company has always showed commitment to its community. Beretta’s Accokeek-based group of companies have paid $31 million in Maryland taxes, and invested or plans to invest $73 million in Maryland, he said. But Reh warned a ban on Beretta’s products could drive it to a friendlier climate.
There still are some of those left, believe it or not. The idiots in Maryland apparently haven’t learned from history.
He warned lawmakers not to take the gunmaker’s warnings lightly, reminding them that when Maryland tightened gun restrictions in the 1990s, the company moved its warehouse operation to Virginia.
“I think they thought we were bluffing,” Reh said. “But Berettas don’t bluff.”