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Was Moving All Manufacturing to Tennessee Cowardice, or Standing Up for the Second Amendment?

In what may be the biggest move of its type, Beretta USA announced that it would move all firearms production from Maryland to a new factory being built in Gallatin, Tennessee.

According to a report by the Washington Times, the announcement was made by the company’s general manager, Jeff Cooper, who said in a press release, “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,” Cooper added in the release.

Maryland’s new gun law, passed in 2013 despite massive grassroots opposition, included a ban on certain semi-automatic firearms and an arbitrary limit of ten rounds for detachable magazines. The law also required that those who wanted to buy new handguns be fingerprinted.

“While we had originally planned to use the Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only, we have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland production lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility,” Cooper said in the statement.

The author of the sweeping Maryland gun grab, state senator Brian Frosh, won the Democratic primary for the attorney general’s race last month.

Did Beretta do the right thing by hitting the gun-grabbing politicians of Maryland in the pocketbook, or were they cowards who cut and ran? We want to hear from you! Please keep comments civil.