First on CNN: Perry to tour gun facility near Washington
September 17th, 2013
11:56 AM ET
10 months ago

First on CNN: Perry to tour gun facility near Washington

Washington (CNN) – With guns back in the national spotlight after a mass shooting at Washington's Navy Yard, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will tour Maryland's largest gun manufacturer on Wednesday as part of his ongoing effort to lure businesses to his home state.

A Perry aide told CNN that the Republican governor will tour the Beretta USA facility in Accokeek, Maryland, just over the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

Perry, who has embarked on a national effort to poach out-of-state companies by touting Texas' business-friendly tax climate, will also meet later in the day with Maryland business leaders at a steakhouse in Bethesda, the aide said.

Beretta USA executives flirted with leaving Maryland earlier this year after Gov. Martin O'Malley began pushing a successful assault weapons ban in the state, and Perry, a fierce opponent of gun control, courted the company at the time.

O'Malley and Perry will face off over this issue among others on CNN's "Crossfire" this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

But Beretta ultimately decided to keep its facility in Prince George's County, where it has been manufacturing military and police firearms for more than three decades. Maryland's gun law does not bar the company from manufacturing guns in the state.

As part of his brazen economic development effort, Perry has run an avalanche of pro-Texas ads in a number of states led by Democratic governors, including California, Missouri and New York.

In Maryland, Perry is currently running radio and television ads accusing O'Malley of stifling job growth with taxes.

Lis Smith, a political adviser to O'Malley, called Perry's Maryland hunting expedition a "fool's errand."

"While Texas leads the nation in the percentage of workers making minimum wage or less and citizens without health insurance, Maryland ranks first in schools, median income, and innovation and entrepreneurship," Smith said in an email. "Hopefully Gov. Perry takes some notes on the better choices that Gov. O'Malley has made, and the better results that he's been able to achieve."

Both Perry and O'Malley are considering 2016 presidential bids.


Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Martin O'Malley • Rick Perry
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Beretta USA executives flirted with leaving Maryland earlier this year after Gov. Martin O'Malley began pushing a successful assault weapons ban in the state
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    Beretta only makes 4 types of assault rifles. Just looked it up. There number one seller is their famous 9mm. I don't see why a resident in the D.C. metro area needs an assault rifle. If Beretta's goal is to sell assault rifles, then by all means move to Texas.

    September 17, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    I think Perry has a brilliant plan!! Get all the gun manufacturers to move to Texas and then secede. This guy is a real media 304. He will let no crisis go to waste. Keep up the good work Governor Good hair.

    September 17, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. The Elephant in The Room

    Just as Perry is trying to apparently corner the market on bring all gun manufacturers to Texas, the SANE among us should use the localization of "STATES RIGHTS" to fully ban GUNS and/or AMMO in our states. Texas can manufacture all the guns it wants but if they can't export them to Illinois, California, New York, Washington, etc. people in those states will be safer.

    Pass laws that make overland flight of guns in your state a felony. Pass gun laws that make driving through your state with a gun in the car a felony. (for those claiming they need to transport their gun, force them to send it via UPS . . . disassembled). The Constitutional argument for the "right to bear arms" doesn't mean that the rest of us have to make gun ownership, gun user-ship either PLEASANT or EASY.

    It's time for ZERO tolerance in some states and 8 round magazines in other states. It's time for mass spectrometer scanners that can detect gun powder at state lines, airports, bus stations, train stations to "sniff out" those people that might try to flout the law. This makes at least as much sense as the NRAs answer which is to turn every public place into a guarded facility with endless, ongoing costs. Local jurisdictions are the key because a national consensus through the Senate is impossible. They don't have the courage. One of their own (Giffords ) was gunned down and they did nothing.

    September 17, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Data Driven

    What - can't Texans start their own businesses? Why does Rick Perry have such a low opinion if people in his own state?

    I think Jerry Brown called Perry a "fart in the wind" or something along those lines when he came to Cali. In any case, the Rick Perry World Tour 2013 is all about seeking potential donors for his Presidential bid. Nothing more.

    September 17, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    That didn't take long, and it has nothing to do with luring businesses to texass – he's going as a paid shill for the NRA.

    September 17, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    What Gov. Perry is doing is most unpatriotic? Why try to engage in economic warfare with other states? Why not try to attract some of the jobs that have left the country back to Texas? Heavens knows that plenty of Texas jobs were outsourced to other countries by companies like Dell, Texas Instruments, and others.

    September 17, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Pam from Iowa

    Good! I would rather have him in Maryland than here in Iowa!!

    September 17, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Country Above Parties

    Rick Peewee is gigantic embarrassment to not just Taxes but to the whole USA. Texans should be ashamed of themselves for electing this buffoon. He is a Sara Palin with chest hair.

    September 17, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "In Maryland, Perry is currently running radio and television ads accusing O'Malley of stifling job growth with taxes."

    In which case, who ever his donor base is made up of, they are financing a loser. Again.

    September 17, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. M.A.P.

    I'm with the Elephant in the Room on this one. Why do people feel they need an assault rifle or semi-autpmatic rifle to be safe? Isn't that some kind of unhealthy extreme paranoia? Seriously, USA has the largest army in the world and a more than capible of defending the country. The only thing they canÄt defend it from is its own citizens! How many more mass shootings do we have to watch? Only the selfish, stoopid and greedy are pro-guns. If you want to hunt animals, fine! But you do not need a semi autpomatic rifle!!!! Please, please use your common sense and realize these guns should not be owned by civilians anymore than an atomic bomb. Grow up.

    September 17, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. barryinlasvegas

    So why the story other than to knock a Republican. This visit was planned a long time ago and he is hustling business for his state. That is what governors are supposed to do.

    Where is CNN's story on Obama showing no class by going political yesterday on talking about his horrible economy and trashing congress and the republicans while the bodies of the poor people killed down the street from the White House were not even cold?

    September 17, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    "Why does Rick Perry have such a low opinion of people in his own state?"

    Because Perry has such a high opinion of himself, he sets the bar at a very low standard for the rest of us.
    We don't exist unless, like you said, we are handing him a wad of money.
    We've been smelling something lately, and thought it was mold. Guess Jerry Brown answered that
    question.

    September 17, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Rick Perry is a political machine , to bad he isn't very bright .

    He makes GW Bush look like a Rogue Scholar with multiple doctorates !

    Every life is precious.
    Rick Perry

    September 17, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. kirk

    Perfect example of a right to work state, can you even feed yourself in a 40 hour week down there? I wish people would come to terms with the tech the gop wants cheap labor, no worker rights, and no safety regulations

    September 17, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    barryinlasvegas

    So why the story other than to knock a Republican. This visit was planned a long time ago and he is hustling business for his state. That is what governors are supposed to do.
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    This visit was not "planned a long time ago." Try reading the article.

    "A Perry aide told CNN that the Republican governor will tour the Beretta USA facility in Accokeek, Maryland, just over the Potomac River from Washington, D.C."

    "This visit" has not even taken place, yet. They're just now announcing the trip. No date in the article, so I guess a date has not been set.

    September 17, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  16. kirk

    Between this guy, and rick Scott, how could you go wrong?

    September 17, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Vic of New York

    The clown who can't remember what agencies he wants to close, now wants People to move to Texas? Good luck Governor! Whatever dog companies you can attract to Texas – if they can survive with the undereducated, creationist science taught workforce – belong there.

    September 17, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. Tony in Maine

    Let Perry attract all the gun manufacturers to Tixis (sic) and then secede from the union. Then, in a fit of patriotic fervor, we get the Tea Baggers top outlaw furrin (sic) guns in the US. Problem solved.

    September 17, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I can recall his bumbling during the GOP Primary Debates. He appeared either to be brain damaged or stoned on Oxycontin!

    September 17, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. M.A.P.

    @barryinlasvegas so you're mad at obama if he talks about anything BUT the economy, then your mad if he talks about the economy. That seems fair (note sarcasm).

    Oh and Obama is the POTUS, that's what presidents are supposed to do. I do remember a certain Republican president being informed about a certain September even in 2001 and he also didn't react as quickly as everyone would've liked. Remember that?

    September 17, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    To: The Secessionist Governor of Texas
    From: The People of the United States of America
    Re: Your upcoming visit to steal more employers

    Governor, on your upcoming visit, will you be informing the management of Beretta about the high number of dropouts in the Texas Education system? Will you be informing them of the total lack of industrial vocational training needed to run precision manufacturing facilities? Will you be informing them that due to the requirement that businesses do not have to provide health care or time off (despite federal requirements for FMLA) that they will have a high turnover in employees and will lose production? Will you inform them that your state has one of the highest illiteracy rates in the country?
    Probably not. So, Secesh, stay home in Texas and continue to pretend you have a clue.

    September 17, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Translation: "Southern states with dreams of a future secession war are trying to consolidate the nation's weapon manufacturing facilities within their borders."

    September 17, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein

    You really have to wonder what Rick Perry is thinking. If everything moves to Texas and has less "stiffling regulations," what will happen to those that move? With all the lack of medical care, questionable environmental policies and education systems, it might reduce the country's effectiveness.

    September 17, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. A Kickin' Donkey

    How many of you [liberty loving, freedom loving Tea-partiers] want to live in an America where the level of obtrusiveness into your personal affairs would be high enough to have flagged Aaron Alexis as someone to be denied a gun? Remember the shot gun got him the assault rifle [err, excuse me, the LONG GUN] and the pistol.

    I don't think many of you would want to live in that world so can we just get real about this? Guns are the root corrective action in GUN VIOLENCE. I for one do not want the additional costs added to my life to allow gun enthusiasts to have their hobby.

    September 17, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. nintex

    Soon Wendy Davis will be the Governor of Texas and then you will see what intelligent leadership is all about. RIck Perry will be only remembered for the fool he is and was.

    September 17, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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