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Gun Debate: Decisions Have Consequences



The state of Maryland passed a knee-jerk gun control law last week making it extremely difficult for one of its most loyal employers to do business within its borders. In fact gun manufacturer Beretta says the new Maryland law – which bans the importation and warehousing of high-capacity magazines (among other restrictions) – will result in the company shifting future capital investment outside of the state.

“The idea now of investing additional funds in Maryland and thus rewarding a government that has insulted our customers and our products is offensive to us so we will take steps to evaluate such investments in other states,” the company said last week in a statement.

The Maryland bill – championed by liberal governor (and 2016 Democratic presidential prospect) Martin O’Malley – restricts the number of rounds allowed in magazines to ten. It also imposes a ban on certain “assault rifles,” as well as a flood of new regulations related to purchasing firearms.

Maryland is the third state – following New York and Connecticut – to pass strict anti-Second Amendment laws in the wake of last December’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

In addition to their total lack of effectiveness and dubious constitutionality, “gun control” laws are also bad for business.

“Maryland has now snubbed a company that makes significant contributions to the state’s coffers,” writes of “And Beretta won’t be bullied.  This debacle is Maryland’s loss.”

And another state’s gain …