On Thursday Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed one of the nation’s toughest gun bills into law, similar to those passed in New York, Colorado, and Connecticut.

The state’s gun makers, such as Beretta USA, have been uneasy since Maryland’s state Senate passed the bill in early April. The new law bans over 40 “assault weapons” including the popular AR-15, prohibits the sale of magazines that carry more than 10 rounds, and will require handgun buyers to submit to fingerprint licensing. People who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility will also be prohibited from owning firearms. Governor O’Malley and supporters of the bill believe that the law will help curb gun violence.

“States with similar licensing provisions have substantially lower gun death rates than states that do not, so if we want better results we have to make better choices, and this legislation is part of that series of the better choices that we are making,” O’Malley said.

According to the Associated Press, pro-Second Amendment groups are already moving to challenge the law, with the National Rifle Association (NRA) leading the charge.

“The National Rifle Association’s position and concerns will be made very clear when we file our lawsuit,” wrote NRA spokesperson Jacqueline Otto.

Opponents of the law are organizing a petition to stop the law from taking place on October 1. If the petition is successful, a hold could be initiated on the law until it goes before voters in 2014.

Beretta, which has their primary North American facilities in Accokeek, called the legislation an “insult.”

“The resulting law that passed is not acceptable, even with the improvements we were able to obtain,” the company announced in a press release. “In short, the law that finally passed went from being atrocious to simply being bad.”

While the release makes no clear statements of a relocation, Beretta did say the company will “evaluate whether they want to remain in this State.” In an interview with guns.com last month Beretta General Manager and COO Jeff Cooper called it a “delicate decision.” Despite the new law, the company promised to uphold its commitments with the U.S. military as well as taking their employees into consideration for any future decisions.

Read more about Beretta and its future in Maryland here.

Image from Praiyachat on the Wikimedia Commons

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28 thoughts on “Maryland Governor Signs Gun Control Law, Beretta Says Passage “Not Acceptable”

  1. As a former Law enforcement individual I think ANY LAW ABBIDING citizen should be able to choose whatever Firearm or weapon he deem necessary to deffend his Family,property and Civil Rights. Just think how many dead Soldiers would be “jumping” around in their place of rest, knowing that our own Goverment is attempting against those rights. The same rights they fought for, the same land they deffended. In depht Background;OK, Pychological assesment; OK those are critical to at least minimized the possibilities. For our politicians;;; remember, our VOTING booths will be available very SOON!!

  2. get these people out of office NOW. i believe WE do have a Second Amendment and the people need to Honor it. yes, the soldiers that fought and died for Me and Our Country are turning in their graves.

  3. “States with similar licensing provisions have substantially lower gun
    death rates than states that do not, so if we want better results we
    have to make better choices, and this legislation is part of that series
    of the better choices that we are making,” O’Malley said.”” What states would these be – The State of misinformation and lies I suppose.

    1. Where do they find these so called facts? CT has some of the most restriction and a higher murder rate and where is the murder capital of the United States: Washington DC. This reminds me of Germany in the 1930’s where Hitler took all guns away from their people and look what happened. We now have our own Hitler, he is called Obama. Now I did it, the IRS just rang my doorbell

  4. Maryland voters have the final say on this crap, maybe not on the law going into effect but have the ability to kick these dumb a$$ politicians out of office. Then get the law repealed.
    I hope 2014 is a banner year for the second amendment, and a devastating year for the gun grabbers!

  5. The only laws that they could pass which would make any difference in the perpetration of violence which don’t exist or are not enforced are those regarding mental illness. Everything else is already covered by a law of some sort or another. We don’t need any more ‘gun control’ laws. What this country needs to do is realize that it is on a slippery slope of societal decay – and rectify it. First they allow abortion, then they allow more and more R-rated material and language and violence on prime time TV – and they’re like ‘what?’ I’ll tell you what you dumb jackass, you’re reaping what you’ve sown.

  6. The Idiot O’Malley wants to be in the White House…and he is going to do ANYTHING he can to get there. Gun Laws are IRRELEVANT to criminals!

  7. Can these out of control liberal democrat nuts be stopped or is it too late? Are we already past the point of no return? They have been buying votes and rigging the game in their favor for years and years. I fear there is nothing we can do about it now.

  8. Total unfounded BS, for his presidential bid. Boston and Mitt Romney, toughest gun laws on the East Coast but terrorists can get weapons, no problems. Chicago, New Jersey, D.C,, all with stupid tough gun laws that have stopped no killing. And it’s not the drug dealers that do mass murders, it’s spoiled little rich Caucasian kids with guns that Mater and Pater bought and don’t lock up. Nobody gave a damn when city kids got drilled by gang bangers on a daily basis. Yet, 20 white kids, in an excellent community, killed by a chicken sh*t mental case whose dumb arse mum trained and armed him, causes national excuses to deprive the rest of us, of our gun rights. O’Malley is a punk opportunist who will not win the White House and Brown, his punk protege, will not win the Governorship of Maryland. They have out taxed us and out lawed us to death. Explain how the Fred Bealefield, Balto City Police Commish personally arrests 2 thugs, firing shotguns and they get off the next day. Gun laws don’t stop crime if you don’t enforce them. Damn the plea bargains, lock up all the SOBs. Oh, I forgot, O’Malley signed the “no death penalty” law. They get off scot-free now and we take care of our murderous friends for the rest of their lives.

  9. There’s a REASON we are called GUNTUCKY!!! We would love to have you here! You can get TAX FREE status for 20 years and free property for the asking!

  10. Another one of those SOB’s thinkin he can by-pass the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. when the hell are these asinine politicians think that they’re gonna be in public office for life, just like Obama. O’Malley and Obama will fade into the distant ground after they leave and go to O’Malley (Ireland) and Obama back to (Kenya)!

  11. I live in Colorado and every gun grabbing idiot can kiss my ass. I and a lot of othera will defend our 2nd amendment rights to the fullest extent!!!!!!

  12. rusty nail: I was wondering when these politicians are going to be brought up on charges for violating their oath of office

  13. Any free person should be trusted to be armed. Anyone who cannot be trusted with arms cannot be trusted to live among a civilian population in any capacity. If they are so dangerous that the presence of a weapon would drive them to commit murder, they should be in a cage or in the ground. Short of that, let people live as free citizens responsible for their own actions. The 2nd amendment is the only gun law we need.

  14. Why are so many pro Second Amendment people and organizations AFRAID TO COME OUT AND STATE IT’S OBVIOUS INTENT! When it was written into the U.S. CONSTITUTION IT WAS ALREADY ASSUMED CITIZENS WOULD ALWAYS BE ABLE TO KEEP FIREARMS AND WEAPONS FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION, HUNTING, AND RECREATION.

    LETS COME OUT AND SAY IT!……THE REAL INTENT and importance of the Second Amendment was to ASSURE that future generations of U.S. CITIZENS WOULD HAVE THE ABILITY TO OVERTHROW THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT should it’s leaders ever attempt to take away the basic rights and freedoms assured every U.S. CITIZEN under the Constitution…………SO WHEN DID WE OUTGROW THE CONSTITUTION, AND CHANGE OUR BASIC RIGHTS INTO A POPULARITY CONTEST OPEN FOR REINTERPRETATION?

    SO MANY in my home state of Montana and others WHISPER THIS TO BE THE REAL INTENT of the Second Amendment, BUT WAY IS EVERYONE SO AFRAID TO COME OUT AND SAY IT? They probably share the realistic concerns they will be marginalized, labeled at nut, or suffer retaliation from our own government leaders.

    We can not move forward until we no longer are AFRAID TO STATE LOUDLY……WHAT MAKES THE SECOND AMENDMENT SO IMPORTANT IS IT GIVES U.S. CITIZENS THE RIGHT AND MEANS TO OVERTHROW THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH SOME WOULD SAY WE ARE FACING TODAY!

    John C. Stowers, MD. Great Falls, MT.

  15. I love it! Now I can rob, mayhem, rape, murder, assault and do anything I’d like with my black market AR15 and never worry about getting shot. I’ve always wanted to be a criminal. Been waiting for years to have an upper hand. You americans are pussy’s. You gave up your 2nd amendment just so I can Alla Ackbar all over your dead bodies.
    Ha ha, fools!

  16. Beretta, come to Pa….close by (so employees have a chance to stay, moving costs would be lower), and gun-friendly state

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