Because of Maryland’s new, draconian gun control laws, Beretta (whose US headquarters are based in Maryland) is building a new facility in Tennessee. From Fox News:

The $45 million plant is projected to be complete this year and create 300 new jobs.

Gun rights were “the first criteria for deciding to even consider a state,” said Jeff Reh, a member of Beretta USA Corp.’s board of directors.

I can guess what the second criteria was — Tennessee is a “right to work” state, with no compulsory union membership.

I know that was a factor in Sturm Ruger’s decision to open their new factory in North Carolina. New Hampshire (where they already have a very large facility) is a gun-friendly state with a well-educated and skilled workforce. But, N.H. is NOT a “right to work” state. North Carolina is. I suspect there were tax issues involved as well since, otherwise, why didn’t they just expand or open a new plant in Arizona (a gun friendly and RTW state) where they also already have a presence?

There’s a reason why so many ‘foreign’ car companies opened their US factories in RTW states; lower wages for workers. It had nothing to do with such states being more ‘car-friendly’ than others.

I’m just sayin’…. Business is business and good PR to core customers is good business. I’m not accusing Beretta of using the “gun rights” issue as a PR screen, simply that business taxes and payroll issues probably outweigh gun rights in deciding where to build a new factory.

Probably NOT coincidentally, most RTW states are also gun friendly states. It’s all about rights and regulations in general — a philosophy not generally compatible to states controlled by liberal Democrats. Obviously, there are exceptions. Vermont is gun friendly, but is not a RTW state.

Here’s a list of the states that currently have a “right to work” law in place: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas,Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming. Most of them tread pretty lightly on gun rights, too.

BTW, since you might be asking, I fully support “right to work.” Long, long ago, unions had an important role in protecting workers’ rights. That time is past and now the only function of unions is protecting bad workers from getting fired, and suctioning money out of workers’ pockets to be used to prop-up (fund) union-sympathetic Democratic candidates.