On the other hand what the gun bill may accomplish is to drive a major employer to leave the state, putting 300 Marylanders out of work. According to this story by Aaron C. Davis in The Washington Post, Berretta
USA, which had been planning to expand its plant
in Prince George’s
County with a new line is now “weighing whether the rifle line, and perhaps the
company itself, should stay in a place increasingly hostile toward its
“Concern that the company will leave, and take its 300 jobs with it, is palpable among state lawmakers who worry it could be collateral damage from Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposed gun-control bill.”
It's not an idle threat. The last time Maryland introduced new gun laws the company moved some operations from Maryland to Virginia.
The best quote in the story was that made by Ugo Gussalli Beretta, the patriarch of the five hundred year old company during a recent visit to the plant, ‘There always seems to be a problem with