An executive of gun maker Beretta USA said Friday the company turned down offers from officials in West Virginia to relocate to the state because of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s role in the gun control debate.
Beretta is looking to move to a more gun-friendly state, and West Virginia was hoping to win over the company, but the company has made it clear that Joe Manchin’s push to ban “high capacity” magazines and his joining with anti-gun lawmakers to restrict 2nd amendment rights helped them cross WV off the list.
The gun maker also had concerns with a provision in the measure Manchin has co-sponsored with Sen. Patrick Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, to expand gun buyer background checks to gun shows and Internet sales.
Vice general manager of Beretta, Jeffrey Reh, has seen what the rest of us see.. that Joe Manchin has joined forces with the same anti-gun lawmakers that want to restrict more 2nd amendment rights. Reh said, “West Virginia was not as pro-gun as we thought”.
“That really caused us some consternation and concern,” Reh said. “We’ve decided not to consider West Virginia as a site for future expansion.”
Calling himself “a proud owner of two Beretta shotguns,” Manchin said Friday he was “truly disappointed in this cheap political shot their management has taken.”
“It’s shameful that Beretta, who seems to have no intention of moving from one of the most gun restrictive states in the country, is deceiving the great people of West Virginia in attempting to score a political point,” Manchin, a former governor, said in a statement.
Hmm, I wonder if our readers really think it’s Beretta that’s taking cheap political shots or the actual politician who is stomping on the gun rights of all of West Virginia.
Beretta currently operates out of Maryland and employs over 400 people. After strict gun laws were passed in the state they are looking at some other states in the nation that still have some common sense and actually respect the constitution. Among the states they are considering are Virginia, Texas, and Utah.
Manchin has been running political ads pushing for gun control left and right, all while toting his own guns around in the commercials and pretending to be a strong proponent of gun rights. Well it looks like Beretta saw right through the fluff of political posturing.