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calendar   Tuesday - March 05, 2013

Oldest Company In The World Set To Leave Maryland

Beretta considers leaving Maryland as Gov. O’Malley pushes tougher gun laws



One of the world’s biggest gun makers is threatening to move its Maryland manufacturing plant – along with roughly 400 jobs – as Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley pushes one of the most ambitious gun-control agendas in the country.

Beretta USA executives have grown weary of the state’s attitude on guns and reportedly have backed up their threat by pointing out the company moved a warehouse to neighboring Virginia in 1990 when Maryland previously tightened gun laws.

Republicans, who largely oppose the new legislation, are warning about the economic impact of Beretta’s threats.

“We are pushing a legitimate manufacturer and good neighbor out of Maryland,” Republican state Delegate Anthony J. O’Donnell told FoxNews.com on Wednesday.

“Losing them would be a big disappointment. Maryland has a reputation for having a horrible business climate, and this would be one more nail in the coffin,” continued O’Donnell, the state House minority leader.

Beretta, the nearly 500-year-old Italian company, arrived in southern Maryland in 1997.

A government contract in 1985 made Beretta the standard sidearm supplier for the U.S. military, helping the international company, and its small U.S. division, supply more than 500,000 guns to the Armed Forces.

The O’Malley-backed legislation – which includes bans on possessing assault rifles and high-capacity gun magazines – would unlikely impact Beretta’s manufacturing.

However, possession of its 9mm pistol, with its 13-bullet magazine, would be illegal under legislation now moving through the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.

Under Marylands’ new law - it passed the legislature so it may already be signed - current firearms owners will have to submit to being fingerprinted, even if they are not currently planning on buying another firearm. In other words, they’ll be treated as criminals-in-waiting. And they’ll have to take training classes, and fork out money for an in-depth background check. All this merely to retain the firearms they already own. And the license would only be good for 5 years. Read more here.  And here too.

O’Malley dismissed criticism from Republicans and some Democrats that his proposed licensing requirement would trample on Second Amendment rights, saying he believes he has broad public support to require every new Maryland gun owner to obtain a license to own a gun.

“It is a common-sense licensing requirement,” O’Malley said. “If you have to get a license to drive a car in Maryland . . . you should have to be licensed in order to operate a firearm.”

Wow, how’s that for arguing from a false premise?


Governor O’Malley is also looking to jack up the gasoline taxes in that Recession-strapped state, with a plan that increases the percentage year after year.

Prices at the pump may be going up. Governor Martin O’Malley has unveiled his new transportation plan, which includes an increase in the gas tax. It’s a move leaders say is critical.

Governor O’Malley says his plan would generate $3.4 billion over the next five years.

Flanked by House and Senate leadership, the governor announced a new transportation investment plan. With crumbling infrastructure, transit projects on hold and the state’s transportation fund near bankruptcy, leaders say something’s got to give.

“We know it’s a tough economic time. We think we’re doing this in the appropriate way that we can phase this in,” said House Speaker Del. Mike Busch.

Under a new proposal, the wholesale price of gasoline would increase two percent starting July 1—that translates to about two cents a gallon. In 2014, it would go up to four percent, about nine cents per gallon.
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Just last year, the governor proposed a six percent increase to the gas tax. That bill never made it out of committee.

Tax and spend, limit your freedoms, push legislation to turn ordinary citizens into criminals. It’s the same song and dance from Progressive Democrats New Marxists everywhere.

h/t to Roger, The Real King of France


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