I saw today the YouTube footage of Senator Manchin in which he told you
that Beretta was being disengine [I think he meant to say disingenuous]
about moving out of Maryland.
Having visited almost 70 sites in 6 States over the past 2 months for the
purpose of looking for a location in which the Beretta organization can
expand its business operations in the U.S., I can suggest that if we are
being disingenuous about this project we certainly are going to great
lengths to carry on the charade. What I can tell you as unequivocable fact
1) The legislative battle in Maryland over guns came at a time when all 3
Beretta companies located in that State were actively planning expansion
2) As a consequence of that battle these companies decided not to invest
further in the State (other than to maintain our operations, keep equipment
functioning, etc.) but to instead plan our expansion investment elsewhere.
3) That as a consequence of Senator Manchin's decision to lead anti-gun
efforts in the U.S. Senate the Beretta companies chose not to consider
expansion or investment in West Virginia.
4) Our decision not to consider West Virginia as a future home for our
operations was not made easily and was made with a certain amount of
disappointment on our part given the number of fine pro-gun citizens in
that State and given the State's beauty and proximity to Maryland. The
decision was made, though, out of concern that Senator Manchin's efforts
might be emblematic of a shift in 2nd Amendment attitudes in that State.
5) The States where we have concentrated our search are Virginia, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Kentucky and Tennessee (in no
particular order of preference).
and Vice-General Manager
Beretta U.S.A. Corp.