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March 13, 2013
If, as reported in The Sun, Maryland's gun manufacturers decide to leave the state to go to Texas ("Several states woo Md. gun makers," March 10), perhaps Texas will leave the Union and Maryland can develop an industry making something healthier than toaster pastries for kids' free breakfasts. Judy Rhoades, Baltimore
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August 29, 2014
Regarding Dan Rodericks' column on those computer-guided rifles, may I just say that I am thrilled that the gun manufacturers and their puppet, the NRA, are planning to make these "cop killer" weapons cheaper and more widely available ( "As technology advances, guns become deadlier, 'smarter,'" Aug. 26). Remember, these are the guns the Navy Seals used to kill those Somali pirates with shots to the head at long range aboard a moving ship. With these things you simply can't miss from almost a mile away.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2013
As Maryland contemplates passing one of the nation's strictest gun laws, at least seven other states have courted its gun manufacturers, offering tax incentives and open arms elsewhere. The governor of Texas, West Virginia's House speaker and an Illinois congressman have written to Beretta USA officials, inviting a move and promising a better business climate if the 400-year-old Italian company chooses to abandon its U.S. headquarters on the Potomac. Another arms manufacturer and defense contractor on the Eastern Shore, LWRC International, received offers, some including tax incentives, from elected or government officials in Nebraska, Mississippi, North Dakota, Nevada, Texas and West Virginia, a company executive said.
NEWS
February 21, 2014
After reading the Jonathan Lowy's recent commentary, I was stunned to learn of the extent to which the Italian government invests in protecting its citizens and children from the merchants of death at work in the U.S., where profits for gun manufacturers like Beretta soar to grotesque heights ( "Beretta's economic blackmail," Feb. 13). Equally disturbing is the absence of conscience and ethics demonstrated by politicians whose priorities are focused on collecting "donations" from those working to dismantle gun safety legislation in the U.S. It is clear that U.S. gun violence is something Mr. Beretta has no interest in subjecting himself to, given his choice to endure the daily "disrespect" of Italian gun laws that ensure his own safety.
NEWS
By LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 27, 2005
WASHINGTON - In a sign of the changing political calculus of gun control, the Senate appears poised to pass a top priority of the National Rifle Association this week, legislation that would shield the gun industry from lawsuits arising from the misuse of their weapons. Gun manufacturers have pressed for years for such a law, arguing that it is needed to protect them from lawsuits filed by municipalities or individuals that the industry says could bankrupt it. Dozens of such lawsuits are pending.
NEWS
By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 17, 1998
PHILADELPHIA -- When a city licensing inspector died Friday after being shot in the head by an unidentified robber, Mayor Ed Rendell declared the killing a tragedy. But the mayor also labeled the shooting something else: potential evidence for a civil lawsuit.Rendell is considering whether to file, on behalf of the city of Philadelphia, a first-of-its-kind legal challenge to the nation's nearly four dozen gun manufacturers. Modeled on the states' legal attack against tobacco companies, the suit would argue that gunmakers have created a "public nuisance" by intentionally saturating urban areas with more handguns than they can reasonably expect to sell to law-abiding purchasers, according to legal drafts obtained by The Sun.No state or local government has ever pursued such a claim against gunmakers, but legal experts say -- and manufacturers worry -- that if Philadelphia decides to file its suit, it could touch off a wave of litigation across the country.
NEWS
By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | July 17, 1999
Saying they want reform, not money, NAACP leaders filed a lawsuit yesterday demanding that nearly 100 gun manufacturers change the way they do business.The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., is hotly contested by America's powerful gun lobby because the changes would limit handgun sales and prohibit distributors from selling certain weapons to gun show dealers.Large firearms manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson, Remington and Glock Inc. are accused in the lawsuit of contributing, through negligence, to handgun-related deaths.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | October 11, 1997
TEQUESTA, Fla. -- Shares of Saf T Lok Inc. rose 52 percent, soaring for a second day, after major gun manufacturers agreed to include a child safety lock with every handgun sold.The surge in the Tequesta, Fla., gun lock maker's shares came despite comments from some gun producers that they do not plan to use Saf T Lok products.Saf T Lok shares rose $1.5625 to $4.5625 after getting as high as $5.75 on volume of 18.4 million shares, making it the second most active stock in U.S. trading. The company has 6.19 million shares outstanding.
NEWS
March 13, 1999
FIREARMS manufacturers have readily used technology to increase killing power while failing to use it to add safety features to their weapons.That is the complaint of five U.S. cities suing gun makers. The worthwhile legal maneuver appears to be gaining momentum now that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and some members of Congress have joined the call to hold manufacturers legally responsible for the societal damage that firearms inflict.The lawsuits raise several important legal questions.
NEWS
August 29, 2014
Regarding Dan Rodericks' column on those computer-guided rifles, may I just say that I am thrilled that the gun manufacturers and their puppet, the NRA, are planning to make these "cop killer" weapons cheaper and more widely available ( "As technology advances, guns become deadlier, 'smarter,'" Aug. 26). Remember, these are the guns the Navy Seals used to kill those Somali pirates with shots to the head at long range aboard a moving ship. With these things you simply can't miss from almost a mile away.
NEWS
October 23, 2013
To all those who sincerely believe they are being virtuous and standing up for the principles of smaller government, I ask you to examine two recent events that indicates that you are being used. The first example is the National Rifle Association claiming to represent the law-abiding gun owner. Balderdash! Any credence given to the NRA's claim was "shot in the head" by their response to a treaty recently agreed to by the U.S. government. Their response demonstrates that they only represent the gun manufacturers' desire to sell more guns.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
Despite Beretta's threats that the company would leave Maryland if new gun laws were passed and signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley, Beretta USA has no current plans to abandon its headquarters in Prince George's County.  In a statement sent to The Baltimore Sun Monday, Beretta USA board member and general counsel Jeffrey K. Reh said the company would not let the new law interfere with completing its contract to supply the U.S. Army with pistols....
NEWS
April 24, 2013
As the Boston Marathon bombing case reminds us, we are potentially all under constant surveillance when we walk down the streets of an American city. Our public movements are videotaped, who we interact with is observed, and our cell phone calls readily traced. We accept these gross incursions on our civil liberties because, well, look what they've done! We got the bad guys! And, as testified to by the deliriously cheering crowds in Watertown who had been ordered to stay locked in their homes for the day, the loss of liberty and freedom entailed was well worth the price.
NEWS
April 24, 2013
We know that a cigar is generally just a cigar, but the same cannot be said about a gun. For some, a gun is a fetish item protected by the Second Amendment while for others it is simply an extension of manhood. A gun is a lethal weapon which many citizens own and use in a responsible manner. Does the NRA really wish to arm dangerous and erratic people? One would think that the NRA would support responsible gun control legislation. Why would anyone be afraid of gun registration? Clearly, this is the only way to control the proliferation of dangerous weapons.
NEWS
Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2013
A joint session of two key House committees tweaked parts of Gov. Martin O'Malley's sweeping gun bill during the first five hours of a debate expected to last into the evening. The changes - which left intact the central provisions of handgun licensing and a ban on the sale of assault weapons - were made in the first public action since February on the legislation. The bill also limits magazines to ten bullets and addresses when people with mental illness can buy guns. Over the past month since the Senate passed the bill, lawmakers have been debating behind-the-scenes whether to scale back the ban on assault rifles to exclude some models, including the AR-15.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
Four weeks after Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun-control bill passed the Senate, a key House committee has yet to schedule a vote and continues to debate whether to scale it back. Among the possible changes still on the table: whether to take the AR-15 and a few other assault-style rifles off the list of guns whose sale would be banned. "We're still ruminating," said Del. Kathleen Dumais, vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee and a Democrat from Montgomery County. About a half-dozen lawmakers have been meeting once or twice a week behind closed doors to determine what changes -- if any -- they want to adopt to on a bill that would give Maryland some of the nation's strictest gun laws.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
Your recent editorial expressed outrage at the National Rifle Association's ridiculous claim that the answer to the Newtown school shooting is more guns in schools ("NRA to America: Blame yourself, not us," Dec. 21). But what position did you expect the NRA to take? The NRA does not represent gun safety advocates, nor does it represent gun owners. It is a trade association largely funded by gun manufacturers and its sole mission is to promote gun sales and increase profits for those manufacturers.
NEWS
October 10, 1998
A TRIAL underway in Oakland, Calif., puts the spotlight once again on the important issue of the responsibility of gun manufacturers in accidental shooting deaths.A California couple say in their lawsuit that a Maryland company, Beretta USA, should have designed its Beretta 92 Compact L semi-automatic pistol so it could not be fired unintentionally. Their son was killed last year when his friend, unaware that a bullet was in the chamber of that Beretta, pulled the trigger.The company, based in Accokeek, maintains that a device on the weapon warns users that a bullet is in the chamber and counters that the friend acted carelessly.
NEWS
March 13, 2013
If, as reported in The Sun, Maryland's gun manufacturers decide to leave the state to go to Texas ("Several states woo Md. gun makers," March 10), perhaps Texas will leave the Union and Maryland can develop an industry making something healthier than toaster pastries for kids' free breakfasts. Judy Rhoades, Baltimore
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2013
As Maryland contemplates passing one of the nation's strictest gun laws, at least seven other states have courted its gun manufacturers, offering tax incentives and open arms elsewhere. The governor of Texas, West Virginia's House speaker and an Illinois congressman have written to Beretta USA officials, inviting a move and promising a better business climate if the 400-year-old Italian company chooses to abandon its U.S. headquarters on the Potomac. Another arms manufacturer and defense contractor on the Eastern Shore, LWRC International, received offers, some including tax incentives, from elected or government officials in Nebraska, Mississippi, North Dakota, Nevada, Texas and West Virginia, a company executive said.
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