Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

March 1, 2013

Lawmakers invite gun maker to relocate to W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A gun control measure moving through Maryland's Legislature has West Virginia lawmakers inviting a major firearms maker to cross the border.

House Speaker Rick Thompson wrote Beretta USA on Thursday. The Wayne County Democrat asked the company to consider relocating all or some of its Maryland operations to West Virginia.

Thompson sent the letter the same day the Maryland Senate passed a bill that includes an assault weapons ban. It would allow companies like Beretta to continue making banned weapons in that state, but they could only be sold outside Maryland.

Delegate Larry Kump wrote Beretta earlier in the week to invite it to West Virginia. The Berkeley County Republican says other lawmakers have done the same.

A company spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

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