Skip to main content

Beretta To Open Tennessee Plant

Beretta To Open Tennessee Plant

Beretta has announced it will open a new factory in Gallatin, Tenn. The new plant will employ about 300 workers, and Beretta expects to open it by the end of the year.

Beretta has operated out of a plant in Accokeek, Md., since about 1985. Beretta bought the factory, whose original buildings once housed long-defunct importer Firearms International, to build the M9 pistol, and even at the time, certain Maryland politicians weren't too happy about it. I remember one saying he'd tolerate it, provided Beretta didn't make "Saturday Night Specials" there.

Beretta has added onto the original plant many times and brought in other members of its corporate family like Benelli and Stoeger. When I first started going to Accokeek, it was as rural as West Virginia. Now, it's in the Washington suburbs.

There will be many on our side who will cheer this move, as they did Ruger's pending North Carolina plant or PTR's move to South Carolina, as just punishment for anti-gun politicians and just reward for pro-gun governors. Certainly, it's great news for those in Tennessee who'd like a good steady factory job.


But I will throw in a cautionary note. The more this happens, the more it looks like politicians in the Northeast and California are running the gun industry out. That lets them strut for their core constituency, and inevitably leaves gun owners in those states feeling more vulnerable. It also supports the anti-gun canard that gun owners are primarily Southern white men who can be dismissed as "neo-Confederates."


There is a vocal faction of gun owners whose solution to a place like California is "just get out." California has 11% of the entire U.S. population. New York, although declining, still has more than 6%. It is not acceptable just to tell millions of gun owners in those states that their only choice is to pack up and move to Montana or Alabama. It is equally unacceptable to let Democratic politicians in those states think they have nothing whatever to fear from gun owners, because if they haven't left, they'll soon enough be leaving.

We are celebrating the 150th anniversary of a Civil War that ultimately was about whether it was OK for people in one part of the country to deprive some other people of their rights. There were those who adhered to the "just get out" theory then, too. But a bloody conflict established, however imperfectly, that rights are rights everywhere in America. And that's how it needs to be with gun rights.

I'm not willing to concede California, Connecticut, Maryland and New York and be satisfied with Arizona, Mississippi, South Dakota and Utah. Our job is not done until everyone, everywhere has the same gun rights. So congratulations, Gallatin. But let's not abandon Accokeek.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Pioneer Arms PPS-43C Pistol

Pioneer Arms PPS-43C Pistol

The PPS-43 served Poland and the Russians during WWII. It is now available as a pistol for the US market.

NEMO Arms Omen 3.0 Match Rifle

NEMO Arms Omen 3.0 Match Rifle

Rikk Rambo took the NEMO (New Evolution Military Ordnance) Arms Omen Match 3.0 rifle on a nine-month Alaskan adventure.

Citadel Boss 25 Shotgun

Citadel Boss 25 Shotgun

Dr. Will Dabbs tells you why the Citadel Boss 25 is the way to hunt birds or deer with a shotgun in the 21st century!

Hornady Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF

Hornady Kestrel 5700 Ballistics Weather Meter with Hornady 4DOF

The Hornady Kestrel 5700 combines complete onsite environmental measurements with Hornady 4DOF trajectory solutions.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Unless Democrats rescind their proposed Gun Issuing Board, threats and anti-rights promises don't matterGun Control Speeches at DNC Misleading 2nd Amendment

Gun Control Speeches at DNC Misleading

JPFO - August 21, 2020

Unless Democrats rescind their proposed Gun Issuing Board, threats and anti-rights promises...

Governor Mike DeWine's STRONG Ohio anti-gun bill is facing strong, unified opposition.Opposition to 'STRONG Ohio' Remains Strong 2nd Amendment

Opposition to 'STRONG Ohio' Remains Strong

Buckeye Firearms Association - August 24, 2020

Governor Mike DeWine's STRONG Ohio anti-gun bill is facing strong, unified opposition.

Developed to replace the venerable AK-74, the Blow-Back Shifted Pulse AN-94 Nikonov is a fascinating hyper-burst design which faded away after the death of its designer.Russian 5.45x39mm AN-94 Nikonov Review Rifles

Russian 5.45x39mm AN-94 Nikonov Review

David M. Fortier - August 14, 2020

Developed to replace the venerable AK-74, the Blow-Back Shifted Pulse AN-94 Nikonov is a...

The Wilson Combat-SIG Sauer WCP320 pistol is now legal for IDPA Stock Service Pistol Class Competition and USPSA Production/Carry Optics Classifications.WCP320 Pistol Now Legal for IDPA and USPSA Handguns

WCP320 Pistol Now Legal for IDPA and USPSA

Firearms News Staff - August 14, 2020

The Wilson Combat-SIG Sauer WCP320 pistol is now legal for IDPA Stock Service Pistol Class...

See More Trending Articles

More 2nd Amendment

Since discovering the gun control, GOA's team of lobbyists in Washington D.C. tracked the bill and worked hand in hand with Republican leadership, members of Congress, and the White House to ensure that this nasty gun control was removed.Red Flag GCOs Removed from Defense Bill 2nd Amendment

Red Flag GCOs Removed from Defense Bill

Gun Owners of America - December 12, 2020

Since discovering the gun control, GOA's team of lobbyists in Washington D.C. tracked the bill...

Gun Owners of America received a copy of a draft ATF document concerning pistol braces that is set to be published as a “Notice” in the Federal Register on December 17th, 2020.GOA to “Combat at Every Turn” the Reckless Move by DOJ to Regulate Braced Pistols 2nd Amendment

GOA to “Combat at Every Turn” the Reckless Move by DOJ to Regulate Braced Pistols

Gun Owners of America - December 17, 2020

Gun Owners of America received a copy of a draft ATF document concerning pistol braces that is...

If the United States truly operated as a Republic, there would be no worries about any laws being passed to infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.Democracy Has Been Destroying the 2nd Amendment 2nd Amendment

Democracy Has Been Destroying the 2nd Amendment

David Codrea - December 01, 2020

If the United States truly operated as a Republic, there would be no worries about any laws...

See More 2nd Amendment

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Firearms News App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Firearms News subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now