Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Gun manufacturer Beretta moves company from Maryland to Tennessee, not to avoid taxes but in search of lax guns laws.

Courtesy of NPR: 

The company recently moved its factory to Nashville, Tenn., because it says the law in Maryland threatened its business. The opening day was celebrated with shooting demonstrations and a warm welcome from state officials. 

The Italian gun maker says it's being driven out of its longtime U.S. home on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. The political culture there has grown hostile to guns and to the people who make them, the company says. 

The view couldn't be more different in the city of Gallatin. 

"They do what the people who live here really appreciate and respect and enjoy," says Mayor Paige Brown. "And so it's been a real pride thing for us." 

The state of Tennessee spent more than $10 million to woo Beretta. Gallatin has also thrown in a $2 million property tax break and 100 acres for free. 

Gov. Bill Haslam says the plant has made him the envy of his Republican colleagues. 

"I literally had the governors of Texas and Georgia and North Carolina and South Carolina and I'm sure a few others walk up and go, 'Dang, Haslam, that's one we really wanted,' " he says.

Makes sense. If your company is making a deadly product that the citizens want protection from, then you simply move to a place where profit takes precedence over human life every time.

After all isn't coal mining still one of the main drivers of Tennessee's economy?

And I guess that shooting in Chattanooga last year that left four Marines dead was not enough to convince the state to adopt stronger gun laws.

I wonder how many mass shootings it would take to do that?

Perhaps this will be a trend which will find more and more gun manufacturers moving to the more hospitable political climate down South, where of course folks unabashedly cling to their guns and religion and eschew such Northern ideals as public safety and corporate responsibility.


  1. Anonymous6:03 AM

    Of course they moved to the south. What a bunch of morons they have down there.

    Forget "let them secede", I say, MAKE them secede. Now slavery is done, what more harm to the rest of us can they do?

    Aside from profiting from the union, of course. What if we didn't have to pay for the red states any more?

  2. Anonymous6:06 AM


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  3. 66gardeners6:12 AM

    This barely made a wave here in Maryland. Good riddens to bad rubbish.

    Former Governor Martin O'Malley made Maryland one of the first states to implement incentives for using renewable energy. They have established an impressive RPS plan, with the goal for energy companies being 20% energy derived from renewable sources by 2022.

    The cost of electricity in the state is comparable to the national average and they offer a generous rebate of $1,000 for solar power systems. They have small tax credit offers and also 100% sales and property tax exemptions. We definitely recommend solar power installations in Maryland with the average time for the system to pay for itself resting at ten years.

    No tax credits for gun manufacturers in Maryland, as it should be.

  4. Anonymous6:20 AM

    More guns for the fools to kill each other with in the stupid areas of this country

  5. Anonymous6:47 AM

    Well I think that we all agree that Beretta is a great name for a child.

    1. Anonymous7:47 AM

      It's no worse than Tri-G, Track, Toasterstrudel or Traylor-Trash, or any of the other random nouns some people pick.

  6. Anonymous7:06 AM

    Bad Bernie bad>

  7. Anonymous7:38 AM


  8. Re Haslam's quote: the governor of Texas is confined to a wheelchair, so didn't "walk" up to him...

  9. Anonymous8:21 AM

    "According to Politico’s Eli Stokols, the plan is to woo delegates to Trump by flying them to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention, maybe with a little wining and dining, or possible an expense-paid visit to Trump’s luxury Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago.


    1. Anonymous8:38 AM

      this too>

    2. Anonymous1:58 PM

      So, there can be an organization called "BLM"-Black Lives Matter, but we caucasians can't celebrate our heritage and skin color without being criticized?

      Works both ways, why denigrate white people all the time?

  10. Anonymous8:46 AM

    "I guess that shooting in Chattanooga last year that left four Marines dead was not enough to convince the state to adopt stronger gun laws."

    You mean the Muslim terrorist killing for Allah who was eventually shot dead by good guys with guns. You are a fool.

  11. Anonymous8:48 AM

    And Texas is pushing secession again; but not until the US Govt. check for all the Houston flooding clears the bank !

  12. Anonymous8:58 AM

    More people die from guns than car accidents in Georgia. #funfacts

    1. Anonymous1:57 PM

      It's Georgia FFS. Are you telling me this is a bad thing?

  13. Anonymous10:02 AM

    This will probably increase the tourism dollars in Tennessee.

  14. Anonymous1:56 PM

    Good for Beretta. Tennessee needs all the economic help it can get. And hey, if a bunch of Cletus's kill themselves, each other and their kids from unrestrained firearms, then doesn't that really make America stronger, and Greater?

    It's Darwin baby! Firearms tend to operate in Darwin's favor, and really, who wants to keep paying these Cletus's WIC, Welfare, Food Stamps and other freebies for their Meth and FAS babies? Guns are for hunting, but they also provide for a final solution for those that should not have been given breath in the first place.

    Get 'er done firearms! Save me some tax dollars :)

  15. Anita Winecooler3:48 PM

    I'm always looking for products made here, trying to support American labor, but I'll pass on this product and anything from this state. Gotta get them in the pockets, that's the only "language" they understand.

  16. Anonymous5:26 PM

    There's no coal mining in Tennessee.


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