Beretta USA announced recently that the company will be moving the entirety of its manufacturing capability in its current Maryland location to new facilities in Tennessee. In a press release sent out by the gun maker, Beretta USA General Manager Jeff Cooper said that decision was a direct result of gun control laws passed by the Maryland legislature.

“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,” Cooper said. “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.”

The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 included provisions that added over 40 new firearms to the Maryland’s list of prohibited “assault weapons,” banned the sale of any magazine capable of holding over 10 rounds, and required handgun buyers to submit to fingerprint licensing. Governor Martin O’Malley signed the act into law last year during a resurgence in the gun control debate. The legislation was hotly contested by the state’s gun makers, including Beretta, which at the time called the law an “insult” and “not acceptable.” Shortly after the law was passed, Beretta announced that it would be looking to expand to locations outside of Maryland. The company eventually settled on Gallatin, Tennessee.

Beretta first announced its $45 million expansion to Tennessee earlier this year, but made no comment on the effect that expansion would have on its facilities in Accokeek, Maryland. Cooper said that the Gallatin location, now under construction, was not originally intended to replace Beretta’s Maryland operations, but that later changed.

“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.

The transition is expected to begin in 2015, although Beretta’s production of M9 pistols for its military contracts will continue in Maryland until finished. Cooper added that the gun manufacturer will also be meeting with its Maryland employees to discuss relocation and other options.

“We have not yet begun groundbreaking on the Tennessee facility and we do not anticipate that that building will be completed until the middle part of 2015,” he said. “That timing, combined with our need to plan an orderly transition of production from one facility to the other so that our delivery obligations to customers are not disrupted, means that no Beretta U.S.A. Maryland employee will be impacted by this news for many months.  More importantly, we will use this time to meet with every Beretta U.S.A. employee whose Maryland job might be affected by the move to discuss with them their interest in taking a position at our new facility in Tennessee or, if they are not willing to do so, to lay out a long-term strategy for remaining with the company while our production in Maryland continues.”

The new Gallatin facility will bring an estimated 300 jobs to Tennessee. Beretta is not expected to relocate its administrative office, which is also located in Maryland.

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  • Michael Sabbeth

    good for Beretta

  • chuck2

    Oh please, “Gun laws”, rather doubt that but is great propaganda, B probably got huge tax break and much cheaper labor,none ow which they discuss. No big deal they are moving, but a bit of truth might be better. No profit making company moves due to “gun laws”, that is a basic economic fact.

    • kris littledale

      Incorrect. In Ct alone over a dozen companies have left the state since passage last April of our new gun laws. Most of them are small and received no big incentives to move. Magpul has left Colorado due to their new gun laws. Remington is leaving NY due to the New York Safe Act. Firearms and firearms-related companies are leaving anti-gun states in droves and taking their jobs, tax payments and money with them. You should check your facts before you spout nonsense.

    • Taskmasterendgame

      Chuck
      You are a basic Fool, but that’s ok it takes all kinds !

  • OM Beatts

    Chuck, I’m guessing that you voted for the present potus.

    • chuck2

      No, but have a lot of business experience and not one to buy into what is simply feel good propaganda. The companies that moved, got tax incentives, and cheap labor. NO public company would be allowed to move to “get away from gun laws”, Interestingly no unions where they moved, much lower education levels and medical care, So get off the spin and ask why would any profit making company move just to object to local gun laws when they sell nationally and internationally. :This is just spin and feel good for those with no real business education nor any decision making experience. But seems PT Barnum was right. Suggest you folks check out and ask how much incentives and such they got, interestingly you might baseline from VW that moved SUV to TN, spending %600M and got around $300M in tax breaks AKA “incentives”. ‘

      Sorry folks but public in states these folks move, someone is having to make up for the massive “incentives”, and low labor costs are hardly something to brag about. You want to fall for the nra spin, fine, but at least ask what their “incentives” are, and cheap labor which does non of us any good as prices remain same. Ruger went same route as others due to higher labor costs, as long time employees always cost more. Sorry but no such business decision as “We gunna move kus we dun’t like the gun laws”, the only motive a company has is profits, and if they want to move to lower cost that is their business., But beware, you can only give away taxes etc so long, and when you do, you end up like the states they moved to, bottom of list for education, health, and biggest ecoomic gaps among USA. Those are facts none of you wish to deal, note TN is 47th in education, same for others, All rate near bottom of those items, ever wonder why, and all have biggest massive income gaps of nation, as they often say in SE, Thank god for MS or we’d be a the bottom? Business 101, you go to lowest costs area, not about gun laws.

      • Rob

        Bullshit! I’m a union member and I’m from Tennessee!

      • M40

        Chuck, you ignorant $lut. It’s true that ANY sufficiently large company will negotiate tax breaks with a potential new state of operations, especially in a poor economy. HOWEVER (and by your own logic) these companies should have pulled up stakes YEARS AGO.

        Can you explain the FACT that dozens of large gun companies (and hundreds of smaller ones) have moved from leftist states to more conservative states… at the EXACT moments when prohibitive anti-gun legislation was passed? In your tiny mind, this is all purely coincidental, yes?

        You can continue to drivel on about the exodus waves of companies LEAVING liberal states, and keep pretending that it’s all about money and “ignorance” as you put it, but to the rest of us, the reasons are OBVIOUS.

        Keep drinking your Kool-Aid… it’s NOT just gun companies. Large companies all across America are FLEEING liberal states in droves. They are not seeking “ignorant” people as you surmise, they are seeking freedom from a prohibitively over-regulative business climate and the insane rates of taxation. They are leaving before liberalism puts them out of business.

        EVERYWHERE that liberals set up shop, they eventually drive away business. They leave destitute slums in their wake. They CREATE the very poverty they claim to fight. Their true goal IS the welfare state. They claim to be against the “rich getting richer, and poor getting poorer”, yet the class gap is largest wherever liberalism is practiced.

        The bastions of liberalism are in FACT the places where the wealthy elite look down from their ivory towers upon the unwashed masses groveling in the streets below. In stark contrast, staunchly conservative areas have the SMALLEST separation of classes. Their hallmark is the vast preponderance of middle and upper middle classes.

        So… how exactly do you explain these distinctions? Anyone with more than 2 brain cells rattling around in their skull sees this OBVIOUS state of affairs, yet you seem to shrug it off and explain it all away with typical Bolshevik brain-mulch. So… who’s toeing a party line here? How hard and fast do facts have to hit you before you acknowledge their existence?

      • Taskmasterendgame

        Chuck/Lefty
        I bet you believe in voter fraud !

    • chuck2

      Ref you guess who etc, AKA typical uninformed gunnie remark, when someone does not follow nra scripture and verse. FYI, gun owner and shooter for decades, not R or D as they are both corrupted. Before vote I carefully listened to BOTH candidates, noted Romney had MA health care plan, in what is now called Ocare, as feel USA should be on a Canadian HC plan, as it works well there, but the money would block it. Noed O NEVER said he would ban guns or ammo or related. He wanted a bit more in regulations, 100% background checks and did not favor “Assault guns”, and I agreed with most of it, as 10 rd mags all that are needed. Background check on ALL buys, would end the fruad of “background checks only by dealer.s. Romney came from MA with some of strictest gun rules going, which most over looked, also he to me was just another rich white guy that had no concept of workers or “the other 97%”. I guess the big point was I could not vote for anyone so out of touch with reality as to tie his dog on roof on car in cage when going on vacation, that was just to much to have that mentality in WH. Besides R’s had driven us into huge recession, ran wars off the books, on some strange of the books deal. Billions going for wars based on lies, and no end in sight.
      What I did was simply carefully listen to all, look at the claims, read the sites that verified or debunked claims. I was informed, not after O in office I did NOT fall the seemingly unending appeals to the more paranoid “O/Gov will ban, take, confiscate etc, ban ammo, etc, nra/.mfgs spin that emptied gun shops and rally drove up price of ammo (do not care much as only shoot my hand loads, but the fools rush to buy case drove up my costs for loading supplies. I do not at all approve of carry permits without comprehensive classroom hours, and 50 shots or more to qualify, as well experienced with handguns. I am frightened when laws carry laws passed (to increase sales not safety) where no shoots or classroom needed, of not much more then token stuff. I know as had to ucock a 1911 a GA permit holder had as “not sure how to do this”, note NO classroom, gun safety or one round fired.
      I am long time responsible gun owner, target shooter and hunter. I most hunt with single shot rifle,. have a loaded handgun/skeet loads shotgun in house. I am real vet that never wants to see anything with M or AK in front of title or name, not some clown that never served but seems hot about playing soldier. I am not fan of any gun for anyone, nor “confiscate all guns”. I am for sane responsible gun ownership, by those who are trained and qualified, and not against gun registrartion as “then they (Gov) will come and take my guns blahs blah” as if nation reaches that point, gun confiscation will be least of our problems, nor as I know, the so called “Need gun to defend self against government etc” never say a tank close up.
      So that is it, yes I voted for O, no need of rich white guy, again in WH, no I do not fear gov taking my guns, as that is simply a urban legend to sell more guns. Yes II am angry at extremes of nra, but just as fed up with extremes at other side. Time some sane moderates get our government back as for now it is for sale to highest bidder. Next time you vote, look at entire issues, the truths not just the hot button stuff.

      • Big D

        I’ve read crap before, but not as much covered in it as chuckie’s posts.

        I would draw him a picture but I doubt he’d get it.

      • CuSmith

        Yes, if’in you cud draw…

      • Big D

        Too dumb to remember your ID and password chuck? I know, two years must be a lifetime for you. 😀

  • Rob Waddell

    Chuck2 you are an ignorant dick head!

  • Taskmasterendgame

    Progressive Democratic Communist/Alinski States pay your own way !
    may you turn to salt in your modern Sodom an Gomorrah A ti Gun States !

    • M40

      Pay their own way??? Why… that flies in the very face of Marxist doctrine!

      To pay their own way, they’d have to actually work… that’s a big no-no in the elite leftist mindset. In the Democrat plantation system, there are only TWO classes of people. There’s the ruling elite (limousine liberals) and the poor “working class”. The elite see themselves as the “brains” of the operation. They spend their whole lives pretending that the world would collapse without their wisdom to guide it. In exchange for their guidance, they steal ALL of the fruits of the people’s labor and “redistribute” it as they see fit. This means they get to feel good about themselves when they dole SOME of the pilfered money back out to the poor, huddled masses.

      This is in fact the entire philosophy of the left in a nutshell. They sell their doctrine to the ignorant with promises of “equality”, and in fact deliver it… by making everyone equally poor and miserable. EVERY time and EVERY place that leftist doctrine has taken hold… the results have ALWAYS been the same. The middle class is eliminated, and the two class system takes hold.

  • Mark G.

    Maryland is part of a conspiracy amongst those in other states and countries who do not want people to own guns. So they make it very difficult to acquire them with so much red tape and hassle that people eventually give up or buy a black market gun instead. It is their goal to slowly disarm “We the people” so that only the police and military are left with the guns. This way they can control the populace. They continue to add more and more restrictions over the years and soon the newer generation gets used to these laws and have no idea of what their rights and freedoms once were.
    The left also controls the media and so the first amendment is also infringed slowly over time until the their anti-gun message becomes the norm.
    I am in Canada and this is what has happened here. Our previous federal Liberal government conspired with another left wing political party and the “Coalition for gun control” and in secret created a monstrosity of gun laws and restrictions while in power, including a massive registration program that treated honest law abiding citizens as criminals who were required to register themselves and their guns. Rather than innocent until proven guilty, it is now “guilty until proven innocent” if you want to own a gun. Citizens were threatened by our former PM with 10 years in a federal penitentiary for non-compliance. Gun owners here were ambushed and stunned by this attack against them. Thankfully, the new Conservative government abolished the totalitarian and draconian gun registry but most of the federal laws still stand and gun owners are treated with suspicion and contempt.
    It was the stated goal of the former Liberal government that only the police and military should be allowed to own guns. Many gun owners gave up their guns or went underground.
    This is all social re-engineering to slowly get guns out of the hands of citizens. The former Liberal government actually made that statement.
    Thankfully in the USA, there are still states who will have no part of this. But eventually, they too will be pressured by other states and the federal government to go along with this new order of things because they will blame the holdouts for guns being smuggled into their state. Eventually, the federal government will be in control of all guns and the states will have to capitulate.
    Currently we have a federal government who is more just and friendly to gun owners but they too have a big fight on their hands because the majority of the media is controlled by left wing anti-gun zealots who continue with their attacks on gun ownership. Our police forces have also been mostly taken over by these zealots and gladly go along with these laws because of course they want to be the only people to have the guns.
    Many of the new laws passed by states may seem innocuous but make no mistake, this is an orchestrated conspiracy and will spread like cancer right across the nation.

  • bdickers

    Thank You Beretta for standing firm in the face these attacks on the Rights of American Citizens. I bought a new Beretta 92FS yesterday, and will buy a new Beretta 92FS Inox very soon.