Gun manufacturer, Beretta announced today that it will be moving its entire manufacturing facilities, located in Maryland, to Gallatin Tenessee.
The Accokeek, based arms manufacturer produces the M9 mm pistol for the U.S. Military.
In a statement, Beretta USA Corp. General Manager Jeff Cooper cited Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act of 2013 as the main reason behind the decision to move its manufacturing operations out of state.
During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world. While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State.
Governor O’Malley’s office has yet to respond.
Beretta spokesman Jeff Reh said the most troubling provision in the Senate bill, “would have prevented us from storing many of our shotguns in Maryland, from building those same shotguns and from bringing pistol magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, which we use for almost all of our handgun production, into the state.”
Beretta plans to begin transferring its manufacturing to Tennessee in 2015. Berretta will invest $45 million in the new plant and employ about 300 people. The company’s executive and administrative operations will remain in Maryland.