Another Gun Maker Says "Ciao!" to Restrictive Laws

The exodus of firearms manufacturers from states that enact more restrictive gun-control laws is turning into a stampede. Beretta announced last week it was becoming the latest gun maker to expand beyond the borders of its home state following passage of tougher gun laws. Instead of building in Maryland, which adopted stiff new regulations last year, Beretta is putting up a new manufacturing and research facility in the Nashville, Tenn., suburb of Gallatin.

Source: Beretta.

The company had telegraphed its decision, noting last year that while it wouldn't leave its primary digs anytime soon, any expansion would occur someplace that has "shown consistent, strong support for Second Amendment rights." New York-based Remington Arms is also looking at expanding into Tennessee, and from Texas to Wyoming, pro-gun states are seeing an influx of gun makers who feel they're unwanted in places they've operated in for decades.

Sturm, Ruger  (NYSE: RGR  ) , for example, was founded in Connecticut in 1949 but announced last summer that North Carolina would be home to its first major expansion in 25 years. Meanwhile, Colt Manufacturing, which has also called Connecticut home since Samuel Colt began making breech-loading revolvers in Hartford in the 1840s, is angling to set up shop in the friendlier climes of Florida.

Although there has long been a struggle between gun-control activists and Second Amendment defenders, the debate's intensity has boiled over in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Not surprisingly, Connecticut has subsequently passed some of the most restrictive laws in the country, but states including Colorado, Maryland, and New York have followed suit.

It was Colorado's new gun legislation that banned the sale of magazines that hold more than 15 rounds that led magazine maker Magpul Industries to pull up stakes and head to Texas. Separately, sporting rifle maker PTR Industries moved out of Connecticut to South Carolina. Stag Arms will also expand outside of Connecticut, and Kahr Firearms Group crossed the Delaware River to Pennsylvania from its previous home in New York.

Although mass shootings like the one in Newtown grab headlines, firearm-related homicides remain a tiny portion of total deaths in the U.S. and have actually been on the decline for almost two decades, despite greater sales of guns.

The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics reported last year that "firearm-related" homicides fell 39% between 1993 and 2011, and "nonfatal firearm-related violent victimization against persons aged 12 or older" dropped 70% over the same time period. Although the FBI's statistics only go back to 1999, the number of background checks the agency has performed for individuals wanting to buy a gun mushroomed from 9.1 million that year to more than 21.1 million last year. 

Even though the FBI says a background check doesn't necessarily translate one-to-one into a gun purchase, it's safe to assume that someone going through the paperwork and expense of a background check is more than just a little interested in making a purchase. Ruger recorded $180.1 million in firearms sales in 1994 and $485 million in 2012, but only started reporting the number of units produced a decade ago. From 2004 to 2012, the number of firearms manufactured quadrupled from 414,600 to 1.7 million units, yet there were nearly 2.9 million units ordered in 2012. Demand was so hot, in fact, that Ruger was forced to suspend sales for a time until it could catch up. 

Similarly, Smith & Wesson Holding (NASDAQ: SWHC  ) saw firearms sales explode from $80.4 million in 2003 to $857.5 million in 2013.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. firearm manufacturing industry grew at a compound annual growth rate in units of 12% from 2006 through 2011. Although retailers like Cabela's and Dick's Sporting Goods reported that firearms sales slowed in the second half of last year, mimicking the 10% year-over-year slowdown in NICS background checks, both Sturm, Ruger and Smith & Wesson have significant backlog to carry them forward.

As the old legal adage goes, hard cases make for bad law, and likewise, legislation passed following a horrific crime runs the risk of playing to the passion rather than to good sense. Yet so long as states continue to adopt restrictive gun measures, we'll keep seeing gun makers like Beretta make the ultimate statement about these laws and vote with their feet.

Score an investing bull's-eye
There's a huge difference between a good stock and a stock that can make you rich. The Motley Fool's chief investment officer has selected his No. 1 stock for 2014, and it's one of those stocks that could make you rich. You can find out which stock it is in the special free report "The Motley Fool's Top Stock for 2014." Just click here to access the report and find out the name of this under-the-radar company.


Read/Post Comments (66) | Recommend This Article (47)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 10:08 PM, swingset27 wrote:

    Yeah, who needs jobs or businesses that pay taxes making a legal product! Chase everyone out with your draconian crap....that'll teach them.

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 10:16 PM, qrranger wrote:

    New Dork Sucks state and Connecticunt state can easily afford to lose all those jobs, income, taxes and other revenues. Despite New Dork's recent advertising stating they want businesses to move here, they really don't. Especially if they are run by conservatives. I for one, hope more and more businesses flee New Dork for more friendly climates. There is not one dam redeeming quality in this state with regard to locations, politics, taxes, living standards and more. It's a welfare state promoting socialism at the highest levels and denies it's citizens the right to defend themselves against any violent assault. Polluted from border to border and run by some of the most corrupt polecats in the US.

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 10:16 PM, RFTECH3000 wrote:

    Here is how this works :

    first you build a second factory in another state and call it a expansion , once the factory is up you hire new people and send some up to the company HQ for training .

    Once this is done you start producing and over a 1-2 year period shift more and more volume to the new factory , finally you shut down the old factory !

    This is a proven strategy that has been around for decades to move a company without disruptions !

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 10:16 PM, ulatek wrote:

    Thank you Beretta for standing up for our rights and making a statement. And especially thank you to Motley Fool for putting a sensible, logical article on the gun industry out there without any political slant. I am happy to support Motley Fool with continued subscriptions and site visits.

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 10:25 PM, sig220mw wrote:

    Firearms related deaths have actually been going down according to the justice department. Hmm, if the NRA says such a thing it is lambasted. But guess what, they were correct and HONEST. Unlike the leftists that are continually trying to disarm the US public with lies and exaggerations. I live in Texas and hope some of the manufacturers come here to do business. I am pretty sure Louisiana would welcome them too.

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 10:25 PM, james27613 wrote:

    The ever increasing 'restrictive gun laws' are only a burden to the law abiding citizen and responsible firearms owners.

    Criminal and those who will become criminals after being convicted for violating our laws do not obey the laws.

    Laws are like locks, they work on honest people.

    That new SUV in the neighbors driveway will not start and pull out in the street leaving a patch of fresh rubber all by itself, and neither will any firearm suddenly jump up and 'spray' sic bullets all over the place.

    SUV, guns, computers, hammers, cnc milling machines, shovels, college degree, etc are just tools, it is what an individual citizen uses the tools for that is the difference.

    Why continue to do business in a state that is anti business, why pay taxes to support a government that wants to restrict how you conduct your lawful business?

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 10:26 PM, RFTECH3000 wrote:

    its about time for the firearms industry to make a statement , you cant be against guns but want the tax revenues and jobs from the firearms industry

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 10:29 PM, RFTECH3000 wrote:

    Take a look at the numbers , even the FLU kills more people each year than Guns !

    on average 24 people get killed by guns each day , 50 die from the FLU, 60 commit suicide , over 200 die from car accidents , 1300 die from cancer , 1400 from stroke and over 1500 from heart attacks !

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 10:34 PM, RFTECH3000 wrote:

    wanna bet those states legalize hemp soon ? :)

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 10:36 PM, RFTECH3000 wrote:

    You look at the people berretta employs but it actually goes deeper than that , most firearms company have tons of external suppliers so if berretta goes than a few hunderts of external jobs are on the line too not to mention the tax revenue !

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 10:36 PM, rw93003 wrote:

    Kind of like a bikini factory leaving Saudi Arabia

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 10:41 PM, ulatek wrote:

    "Kind of like a bikini factory leaving Saudi Arabia"

    And we all know that would definitely put a stop to rape there, wouldn't it...

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 10:52 PM, harbor49 wrote:

    If you want to assembly guns you go to Nashville or some other State in the south. If you want to make software or invent the better computer you to the West.

    The south is cheap labor it is heading to being the Vietnam of the USA.

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 11:31 PM, mikeincal wrote:

    Everybody seems to be missing the point of all the anti gun legislation-we are told they are just common sense, for child safety etc.etc but the ultimate goal is to disarm the American population. Alot of us talk about our Constitutional rights and such-but remember it has been changed before and will again. As the years go by and each little law is added to the one's that came before it, the population will come to accept them.

    The governing bodies realize that if they try to just outlaw everything at once the people will oppose these laws i.e Prohibition-didn't work. This newer approach does work-look at smoking-which I don't like but support their right to do it. If you could go back 40 years and tell people with the laws against smoking are now they would think you are crazy-that's what is going to happen with guns in this country.

    As for the majority of the media that loves to bash gun advocates - they are sowing their own demise, because freedom of speech is next on the list and its already starting to happen.

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 11:33 PM, ObjectiveOne wrote:

    Very nice to see an objective story with facts and no Liberal emotion for a change.

  • Report this Comment On February 05, 2014, at 11:38 PM, gaynorhenry wrote:

    The gun restrictions are now having a financial backlash for states like Maryland. I wonder how long it will take before we see a shift in the opposite direction? Restricting certain types of guns and expanding background checks, will do little to prevent gun crime. Most gun crime is committed by criminals and I don't know of a single one who submits to background checks. In addition there are so many weapons on the streets the only people penalized by expanded background checks will be the legal gun-owners. My husband served his country for over 30 years during which time he carried a weapon - not every day but more often than not - and I will be damned if someone is now going to tell him :You can't have weapon X,Y,Z anymore because we say so." Our rights are being slowly, surely and surreptitiously eroded, one day we will wake up and wonder what the hell happened and by then it will be too late.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 12:08 AM, JamesBailey wrote:

    Certainly there are many of us who welcome the support of gun manufacturers for stronger and more effective gun safety legislation to protect our society from the growing menace of gun violence.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 12:12 AM, globeflyer wrote:

    I hope all the new gun buyers take the time to learn how to use them. Having a gun is less than worthless if you're not willing to use it (should the need arise).

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 12:20 AM, fingerlakes54 wrote:

    Considering that gun sales have increased by 10 fold--did these laws do anyone much good? Because of anti gun legislation the number of gun owners has exploded. Threaten to take something away and people will stock up. America must be the most armed country in the world now because of the anti gun lobby

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 12:23 AM, GaMbaJd wrote:

    "... the number of background checks the agency has performed for individuals wanting to buy a gun mushroomed ...to more than 21.1 million last year.

    Even though the FBI says a background check doesn't necessarily translate one-to-one into a gun purchase, it's safe to assume that someone going through the paperwork and expense of a background check is more than just a little interested in making a purchase."

    The author is obviously unfamiliar with the subject. 21.1 million figure does NOT reflect those who have a Carry Permit and therefore are exempt from the background check, so the total number of gun sales could be much higher - especially considering the probability of multiple purchases by the same individual.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 12:45 AM, raceruss2003 wrote:

    Number of background checks does not mean each time a person bought a gun. In NJ each time you want to purchase a handgun you need to have a background check for each purchase. You can also purchase only 3 handguns per month. It takes SOOO long(several months) to get an approval that most people apply for 3 permits each time they would like to purchase. Then, if you don't use those permits in I think 60 days, they expire and you have to go through the whole process over again. I know of many people)including myself) who get back ground checks for permits, and then let them expire because by the time they come in life has changed, your funds were used to buy something else, you become uninterested in one model and want a different one, etc...

    Also one person stated that if you have a CCW permit you do not need a check to purchase...I believe that is a rule that is in your state. NJ doesn't care if you are a cop, work for the FBI, have a CCW, are in the National Guard and drive a tank, each new permit MUST have a new background check.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 1:18 AM, yaovk wrote:

    Now everybody and even the states have to whore themselves to survive, regardless of the consequence or human conscience. It is terrible.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 1:54 AM, mso88 wrote:

    There are several states willing to capitalize on the idiocy of Connecticut and other such states where gun restrictions create hellish criminal environments. Gun ownership increases in direct proportion to attempted gun restriction, a fact that an increasing number of enlightened states are cashing in on.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 2:59 AM, GaryR40 wrote:

    Good riddance to the merchants of death. Their blood-thirsty, cold-blooded, itchy-trigger-finger conservative supporters can all move to those Dixie states for all that I care. They are no better than the criminals in wanting to kill people who stand in their way!

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 4:38 AM, ron2cu wrote:

    GaryR40, you must be talking about Congress

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 4:42 AM, ron2cu wrote:

    "Even though the FBI says a background check doesn't necessarily translate one-to-one into a gun purchase, it's safe to assume that someone going through the paperwork and expense of a background check is more than just a little interested in making a purchase"

    This state is a bunch of hooey. NCI/BCI's are done for all manner of employment including: Truck Driver, armed guard, School bus driver, any type of hazmat driver, etc.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 5:09 AM, TMFCop wrote:

    ron2cu,

    Are you saying the numbers for background checks include employment as well as for firearm purchases? If that's what you mean, you're mistaken. Those 21 million background checks that were conducted last year were specifically for individuals wanting to buy a gun.

    There may be a separate statistic somewhere for the background checks conducted for getting a job, but I'm not familiar with it. This is solely about buying guns.

    http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics/reports/1998_2013_mont...

    Thanks for reading,

    Rich

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 5:46 AM, Badgenumber150 wrote:

    I can't vote in another state, but I can damn sure vote with my wallet. I currently own a Remington, a Marlin and a Ruger. Time to look into buying a Smith & Wesson and a Beretta, too.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 7:19 AM, LostLT wrote:

    I'm a deployed Army officer; I have a Beretta M9 pistol right next to me, a constant 24 hour companion. Although I'm already pretty late commenting on this article (I'm on the other side of the world, which doesn't help), consider the fact that some of the largest buyers of firearms are government agencies. Numerous European gun makers are still in business (Beretta, Glock, H&K, Fabrique National, etc.) even though civilian gun ownership in Italy, Austria, Germany, and Belgium is strictly limited. And guns wear out. Armies and law enforcement will always need new ones. The Army's next big contract for Beretta M9 pistols will probably be manufactured in Tennessee, instead of Maryland, as a result of Maryland's pointless restrictions that only affect people who obey the law, and do nothing to stop criminals. Good for Tennessee, I say.

    I'm not a big Beretta fan, but I think their civilian-marketed firearms are the sort of break-action or pump shotguns and clay pigeon sporting guns that even Vice President Biden (who, last time I checked, was not a gun-totin' conservative) urges Americans to buy. Running Beretta out of Maryland will do absolutely nothing to reduce the criminal abuse of illegally-obtained firearms, and will simply deprive Maryland of a tax-paying, job-creating business engaged in the manufacture of a perfectly legal product line.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 7:24 AM, bigjohn327 wrote:

    yes the NICS check is only for the purchase of a firearm. this is done at the point of sale when you fill out the form and they put you in the computer. gary you must be doing to much koolaid....250 plus times per year the regular folks kill a felon to protect themselves, not wound or show a firearm to stop a criminal,,,,,,,that is estimated at 100s of thousands of times,,,,,but why would you want to burden yourself with FACTS,,,,,,,just look at the FBI website and you can find most everything you leftys spout is not correct

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 7:25 AM, JePonce wrote:

    Bill Ayers, friend of Obama, and co-founder of the Stalinist Weather Underground informed undercover agent, Larry Grathwolh, the Underground was prepared to kill 25 million Americans if they refused to kneel before Stalinism.

    Once on the FBI 10 most wanted list, the Left has made him a "respected teacher" and author of our new education model founded on valuing diversity, social and economic justice, and on the importance of not damaging that fragile self-esteem.

    You don't suppose the video of Grathwolh discussing the UG has awakened Americans? Finally? Google it!

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 7:36 AM, hbk72777 wrote:

    "On February 05, 2014, at 9:55 PM, SubliminalHero wrote:

    good bye, dont let the door hit on the way out. We didnt need your business, and dont want in the future."

    Oh really, you know this for a fact?

    If states didn't need their tax money, they wouldn't be constantly trying to raise it in other places.

    Liberals never think

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 7:38 AM, sltarleton wrote:

    Thank you gun manufactures for bring your business to the Southern States, where we teach our kids to respect guns and are taught at a young age to use guns properly. We don't put our young developing minds on drugs because we're to lazy to raise them properly, and teach kids to it's okay to walk around stoned all the time. Hey this is to criminals, STONED AND NO GUNS FOR PROTECTION, easy pickens in Calif, New Mexico, Colorado, Conn, Vermont, there are some of the easy states to rob or what never criminal activity your into, and leave the normal ones alone.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 8:15 AM, JePonce wrote:

    That is an approximate increase of 85% a year from the Bush years.

    If only Obama could grow our economy that fast, or reduce unemployment, poverty, food stamp reliance, debt, spending.....

    We could again become the Land of Milk and Honey.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 8:20 AM, JePonce wrote:

    Pelosi would say if you spend $50 dollars on a used firearm you grow the economy by $50 dollars.

    But if she takes away your $50 dollar firearm and gives it to someone who is the poorest among us, it will grow the economy by $75 dollars.

    So much for Common Core Curriculum Mathematics Model.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 8:22 AM, JePonce wrote:

    Most interesting is the relationship of the number of firearm applications goes up, the number of firearm murders goes down.

    Go figure.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 8:46 AM, ConnyPigg wrote:

    so the gun laws ARE working then, aren't they?

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 8:53 AM, gearoil wrote:

    What parts of the current" gun laws" do the criminals adhere to now? how about the murderers,rapists,liquor store burglers,or the mentally ill? what "gun laws do they obey? what part of "criminal or mentally ill dont you understand? this is effectivly saying That if some one misspells a word while writing with a pencil that means its the pencils fault. This is true liberal brainwashing . Helped with the likes of most media, tv,mags,etc. until we start thinking for ourselves and turn off the boob tube and stop following these dumbarse "celebrities" or celebrity wannabes, the rosy odonnels," obama" sin ladens , we as americans probably deserve what we get . people kill people. people misspell words. guns dont kill people and pencils dont misspell words. do you know why theives rob banks? cause thats where the money is!! SURPRISE!! Do you know why crazies go to schools to KILL? cause thats where there are no guns to shoot back. SURPRISE!! The same reason crazies dont go in shootin police hq,

    . think about it. we are a stupid bunch of subjects in this usa. SAD.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 9:00 AM, dangibson wrote:

    The United States Government -- in its ''present'' form -- does intend to ''attempt'' to disarm the American citizens -- and this is exactly what our forefathers meant -- by the second ammendment -- they were foreseeing exactly what could happen with the Republic! The 250% increase in the sale and arms and ammunition to the people of this once great Republic must give the poiliticians in Washington pause -- if another ''revolution'' is needed to put the government back in the hands of the common people -- then -- so be it!!!

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 9:25 AM, DEA wrote:

    I'm 99.8% sure the reason for manufacturing in Tenn as opposed to Maryland is that Tenn has much lower labor costs and land is cheaper and has little to do with the states gun laws. As a business, they are looking at the bottom line (as they should) and not making a political statement

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 9:25 AM, bigjohn767 wrote:

    @harbor49 - Yes, labor is cheaper in the South and so is the cost of living. Why? Right to work! No unions! Your $300,000 house in NY is going to cost you $130,000 here for the exact same house and probably with more land! But you stay where you are, we have enough damn yankees down here as it is (as opposed to yankees who come down and enjoy our way of life and are welcome).

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 9:46 AM, thegreentreefrog wrote:

    Stag Arms , Has left Conn and relocated here in South Carolina. Thank You Conn your lawmakers will raise your tax's to make up for the lost revenue , then pat themselves on the back and give each other raises. MORONS!

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 9:47 AM, taloft wrote:

    Yes, lets keep passing laws that are ineffective at stopping crime. Those federal gun free zones work like a charm. Just look at Sandy Hook, oh wait....

    Criminals don't obey laws. That's why they're called criminals. You don't see mass shootings at the police stations or the gun ranges. Maybe because there are armed people there.

    Simple fact, gun crimes have declined since the repeal of the assault weapons law and since states started adopting concealed carry laws. Another fact, the Cities with the highest gun murder rates are the same Cities with the most restrictive gun laws.

    Those who preach otherwise are lying or delusional.

    Good on the gun makers for voting with their wallets.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 9:56 AM, Len47 wrote:

    Most of what the left knows just isn't so.

    Let's take everyone's car away so we can stop

    DUIs. Let's make it against the law to smoke pot,

    That will stop those dope heads,oh I forgot it is against the law and people still smoke pot.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 10:04 AM, ghelmz21 wrote:

    It's not just the restrictive gun laws in Maryland as this state has always been anti-gun and one party democratic rule, It's also the constant attack of fees and taxes!

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 10:16 AM, tredadda wrote:

    In Chicago you can't have a firearm in the city and yet it is one of the most dangerous cities in America with people being murdered almost daily. You would figure that their "ban" on guns would have fixed that. Look at alcohol during Prohibition, and drugs during our war on drugs. Banning things keeps them out of the hands of good people, not the bad guys. When will the Left get this through their thick skulls?

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 10:19 AM, Mac50 wrote:

    GaMbaJd wrote....

    "The author is obviously unfamiliar with the subject. 21.1 million figure does NOT reflect those who have a Carry Permit and therefore are exempt from the background check"

    Carry Permit holders are NOT exempt from background checks.

    Anyone who holds one of these permits has undergone a very thorough and exhaustive background check.

    They do not have to undergo further checks as long as their Carry Permit is valid.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 10:25 AM, sabebrush6 wrote:

    Connecticut residents will be happy to know that a large number of JOBs are moving out of their area do to stupidity of a few who really think the government will protect them from the ravages of the street criminals. Yeah, right !

    This kind of draconian thinking is exactly why we split off from England in the first place.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 10:36 AM, SLTom992 wrote:

    Has anyone noticed that these almost uncontrollable numbers of firearm sales have started since the ENTIRE population has started to fear the control of the government?

    2nd Amendment: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    It is becoming plainer each day that the citizens of this country have more to fear from the government than from any foreign powers.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 10:52 AM, RDMILEY wrote:

    Thank God for Motley Fool and Gun manufacturers

    that have common sense and are using it.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 11:09 AM, Sailndayz wrote:

    Please bring your gun factories to Nevada. We love you here. Also we have very attractive tax rates. Come on down!

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 12:04 PM, farkward wrote:

    Did anyone else notice that Democrats OWN every single ghetto in America ? Its time for change, real change, and not the hopey dopey Obama making America into a giant ghetto kind.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 12:08 PM, cityperson wrote:

    Between liberals, liberal politicians and unions they can sure destory jobs.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 1:30 PM, gwsjr425 wrote:

    MARYLAND?!?!? They are no better than Conneticut

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 1:56 PM, p0rkch0pian wrote:

    Continue to pay Taxes to a Fascist State or city, and guess what you'll get? Yup, an enhanced Fascist State or city.

    NY, NYC, MD ad nauseam make Mussolini's Italy come a piker.

    To the firearms and ammo company's which choose to scram from the Fascist, anti-2nd Amendment locations: Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 3:17 PM, ColonelCalabash wrote:

    Glad to have you coming to Tennessee.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 3:57 PM, Tommylee2 wrote:

    Sure glad the Yankees are putting all those controls on guns up there. We like the idea of seeing new jobs coming south and more welfare checks up there in snob country.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Gun manufacturers welcome, Yankee liberals not. This is the south where guns fall in place of importance right behind women and just ahead of moonshine and deer hunting.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 4:12 PM, caddyman wrote:

    you know-one of the reasons the south lost the civil war because the firearms makers were in the north...

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 4:41 PM, springfield45 wrote:

    These restrictive states deserve to lose these companies , feel sorry for the employees, but they elected these anti-gun politicians to office and now they are paying the price and the tyrant politician still has his job ! Get even at election time !! I contact my elected official when I do not agree and I am not the only one ,but the message gets through. The people have the power not the ELECTED OFFICIAL ! He does our bidding not what the party wants him or her to do ! God Blessed America and the 2nd Amendment !!

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 5:11 PM, FarmTechie wrote:

    "Even though the FBI says a background check doesn't necessarily translate one-to-one into a gun purchase, it's safe to assume that someone going through the paperwork and expense of a background check is more than just a little interested in making a purchase."

    Actually the FBI requires that the purchase of at least one firearm be completed (i.e. paid for) before the NICS check is completed. That NICS transaction can cover multiple firearms purchased in the same transaction. I know that in my state that a NICS check is not required for holders of a permit to purchase pistols or permit to carry dangerous weapons (CCW in most states). Thus it's logical to conclude that the number of firearms purchased is more than the number of NICS checks performed by an unknown amount.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 6:40 PM, bigwaves wrote:

    Connecticut was once a thriving state with Colt, Ruger, Winchester, Remington, Marlin to name a few. Now its run by liberals that hate workers and people that speak English. Glad to see companies moving to business friendly states.

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 8:06 PM, ljfarraher wrote:

    Fully support you Beretta..

    Any others to leave these CONSTITUTION choking states..WE THE PEOPLE support you as well.

    Screw these blind and dense people who should really leave this country as we don't need crying candy a**es anymore..you are weakening this country and YOU make this country a joke.

    Leave oh useless people..and life in another part of the globe..Ya joke!!

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 11:14 PM, PoorPeter1 wrote:

    Vote with your feet!

  • Report this Comment On February 06, 2014, at 11:49 PM, LegalGunOwner wrote:

    "Keep your friends close...and your enemies closer," If Beretta's intention is to leave, the move will further endanger gun owners' rights in Conn. Don't believe, for a second, there aren't thousands of citizens in Conn. who believe in the Second Amendment!

    Are those thousands of Americans to be abandoned, just because they live in states run by liberals? Here, in CO, new magazine restrictions compelled Magpul to move. Those restrictions had NO effect on what was manufactured in the plant. The move seemed to be 100% political.

    Surely Magpul's employees didn't vote for the new laws! Considering the successful recall elections, here, I'd have liked to see the company stay and fight for local change.

    CO is considered a ''purple'' state...we're hoping to turn it back to reliably red...Magpul could have helped...

  • Report this Comment On February 07, 2014, at 2:32 PM, jammerk65 wrote:

    move to arizona !!!

  • Report this Comment On February 10, 2014, at 12:01 AM, Scrat wrote:

    Nice going Baretta! I will not be far behind you. Time to leave this liberal ass tax and spend state. O'Malley and his state senate can all go to hell.

Add your comment.

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2822841, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 10/20/2014 5:16:36 PM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...


Advertisement