Remember when Maryland decided to implement gun control laws that were even tougher than the draconian regs already on the books in that pit of petty tyranny? Remember when I said that Beretta USA should leave and go elsewhere?
Well, Beretta has decided to open a manufacturing plant in Tennessee. They apparently had enough of Maryland.
Beretta USA officials along with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced today the company will expand its U.S. operations by building a new firearms manufacturing plant in the Gallatin Industrial Park. Beretta, a global manufacturer of high-quality sporting and military firearms, will invest $45 million in a state-of-the-art manufacturing and R&D facility. Beretta will create 300 new Tennessee jobs. The company is expected to complete construction on the facility this year.
And yes, respect for Second Amendment rights was definitely part of the decision about the location of the new plant, according to Beretta.
You know where Beretta did not choose to locate?
Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. And why not Virginia, you ask? Terry McAuliffe. Emily Miller reports:
“The anti-gun ads that McAuliffe ran in northern Virginia were particularly offensive,” Jeff Reh, general counsel of Beretta USA, told me in an interview. “And the fact that he could gain a voting advantage by doing so caused us additional concern.”
What happened to that “jobs first” for Virginia think Terry was touting during the campaign? Guess Terry forgot that you actually have to have a business-friendly environment to attract… you know… business.