Gun control will drive businesses from Maryland

The state of California treats all businesses as necessary evils and treat those of us in the gun business as simply evil. It makes it very clear that it doesn't want us there.

Beretta is now considering moving 400 jobs out of Maryland for the same reason ("Gun control draws more than 2,000 to Annapolis," March 2). Recall that the company already moved a warehouse to Virginia in 1990 when Maryland tightened gun laws.

Why would the General Assembly knowingly force out legitimate businesses and jobs from Maryland? Why are they hell-bent to punish law-abiding citizens while making criminal activity easier?

California is among the most restrictive anti-gun state in the nation. It is not a particularly business-friendly environment for those in the gun industry.

John W. Harrington founded Shield Tactical California. But with its hard-line stance on gun control, he decided the state was no longer a good place for his business. The gun control legislation being proposed in Annapolis is anti-citizen and anti-jobs.

Melvin Barnhart, Randallstown

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