Gun-maker Beretta has decided to stay in Maryland for now despite tough new restrictions on firearms signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley, but the manufacturer says it will continue to look into moving to other states.
Officials in Texas, West Virginia and Illinois have written to Beretta executives in hopes to woo the gun giant to their states. Beretta Holdings owns three companies in Maryland and employs about 300 people at its Accockeek plant.
Maryland's law -- which makes it illegal to purchase assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets after Oct. 1 -- affects many of the firearms and accessories Beretta manufactures. Lawmakers amended O'Malley's bill at Beretta's request to allow gun manufacturers to continue to make, sell, possess and transport banned items. But the company still issued a statement calling the law "offensive."