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Stutzman revives push to bring gun producer to Indiana

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, announced Thursday he has renewed his invitation for gun manufacturer Beretta USA to move from Maryland to Indiana.

Stutzman issued the invitation after Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed legislation that bans 45 types of semiautomatic rifles, limits ammunition clips to 10 rounds and requires gun buyers to submit fingerprints to state police.

“Maryland’s new gun law is oppressive, restricts the freedoms of law-abiding citizens and creates a hostile business environment for Beretta,” Stutzman said in a statement. “On the other hand, Hoosiers’ respect for the 2nd Amendment remains steadfast, as does our favorable business environment. We would value Beretta’s business in our state and welcome the company with open arms.”

Stutzman first invited Beretta to consider relocating to Indiana in early March, when Maryland lawmakers were considering the gun-control legislation. He also invited gun manufacturer Magpul to move to Indiana from Colorado.

James Wegmann, Stutzman's communications director, said in an email Thursday that "Beretta responded that they would consider Indiana if their interests required relocation or expansion. Congressman Stutzman was pleased to connect Beretta with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation."

Beretta warned in April that it would move its Accokeek, Md., factory out of the state if the Maryland legislature approved gun controls, according to media reports. The factory employs 400.

In addition to Stutzman, officials in Virginia, West Virginia, Missouri and Texas have reportedly put out welcome mats in their states for Beretta.

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