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Possible Maryland Gun Law Would Ban Standard Magazines
By Harold Hutchison

Beretta may pull out of Maryland should new gun-control laws be passed. The maker of the M9 service pistol used by American servicemen and a number of law-enforcement agencies is making the threat, and it has anti-gunners worried.

“Why expand in a place where the people who built the gun couldn’t buy it?” Jeffrey Reh, the gun manufacturer’s general counsel, said. The threat is not considered idle. In response to gun laws passed in the 1990s, Beretta moved warehouse facilities to Virginia, which is far more respectful of the Second Amendment than its northern neighbor.

“I’m concerned. I think they’re going to move. They sell guns across the world and in every state in the union — to places a lot more friendly to the company than this state,” Maryland state senator Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., the president of the state senate, said.

“I think they thought we were bluffing. But Berettas don’t bluff,” Reh said.