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Shelter From The Storm: Utah’s Opportunity

Posted in 2013, Featured on Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 6:52 PM 4 Comments

By Howard Stephenson
Utah State Senator, District 11

Yesterday, Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley signed SB281.  The bill severely limits the Constitutionally-protected rights of American citizens in the State of Maryland.

The new law adds 45 guns to a list of banned weapons.  It bans all “assault weapons” from being possessed or brought into the State of Maryland, and limits all magazine capacities to 10-rounds– among other things.

As a result, Beretta USA issued the following statement on their blog:

“The. . . law that passed is not acceptable, even with the improvements we were able to obtain. . . .The question now facing the Beretta Holding companies in Maryland is this:  What effect will the passage of this law–and the efforts of Maryland government officials to support its passage–have on our willingness to remain in this State?

. . . Prior to introduction of this legislation the three Beretta Holding companies located in Maryland were experiencing growth in revenues and jobs and had begun expansion plans in factory and other operations.  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.”

[Here's a link to the full statement.]

In Maryland, Beretta has paid more than 31 million dollars in taxes. They currently employ more than 400 people. According to a guns.com exclusive from yesterday, Beretta has significant plans for growth and investment.

In light of Beretta’s statements and yesterday’s events, I opened a bill file.

My initial proposal will be to reduce obstacles and offer incentives to gun manufacturers located in the Beehive State.  This might include eliminating sales taxes on machinery, equipment and replacement parts which are used in the manufacture of guns.

This is an exciting opportunity for Utah, and tomorrow’s Republican State Convention provides an additional exciting opportunity to open up a discussion about bringing Beretta and other gun manufacturers to our state.

At tomorrow’s convention I’ll have a co-sponsor list with me.  I’m anxious to continue this discussion, and I hope that the other state legislators in attendance will find me and sign on to this opportunity for Utah.

When you see your State Representative or Senator tomorrow, send them my way.

Please contribute to this conversation.  I can be reached here, or by leaving a comment below.

The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.
– Samuel Adams

[Update:] Beretta is being courted by a few of our cooler sister-states, but none with as good an economic climate as Utah.  So far, they’re keeping tight-lipped about where they are headed.

[Update 2:] Publius Online provides a few more details.

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4 Comments to “Shelter From The Storm: Utah’s Opportunity”

  1. adano says:

    “The bill severely limits the Constitutionally-protected rights of American citizens in the State of Maryland.”

    Setting aside all else that was in this post–and bringing businesses to Utah is a good thing–I find it depressing that I immediately knew this would be a post about guns when I saw this sentence. It worries me that references to “our rights” have almost without exception (in Utah) become references to only one specific right. We have far more rights than one.

  2. ppeterin says:

    adano, the entire point of this blog entry is to discuss gun rights, so I think it is only logical to expect a blog entry discussing the rights to gun ownership will focus on the rights to gun ownership. Particularly when the bill in question is focused entirely on restricting the rights to gun ownership. I believe that you will find this is a pattern that is common to all written materials. For example, if this blog entry were about the 4th amendment you would find that the content of the written material to be focused primarily on the 4th amendment. Maybe if the the bill in Maryland had required individuals to obtain a license prior to exercising their 1st amendment rights or limited the number or types of words a person is allowed to use or just demanded that the public cannot use PCs but must instead use Macs to post on public forums then you might find that the blog discussing the bill would focus on the 1st amendment…

    That being said, I think Utah needs to up it’s game to bring some of these manufacturers to Utah. This is a fairly unique opportunity to bring some large stable manufacturers into the state that we would otherwise not have. Beretta, Magpul, and maybe even Remington are moving and so far it seems Texas is going to win over most of these companies. This is the first I’ve heard of Utah even considering it. Where is GEOD on all this? Get with it Utah.

  3. Jimmy Green says:

    Come to Utah!

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