Franco Gussalli Beretta, a director of Beretta USA Corp., speaks Wednesday during a ceremony
at the state Capitol in Nashville.
announced that the Italian firearms maker is building a
new manufacturing and research facility in the state.
to build new firearms plant in Gallatin
NASHVILLE - Italian gun maker Beretta
said Wednesday that Tennessee's support for gun rights was a major factor in its decision to build a manufacturing and research facility in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin.
Bill Haslam and Franco Gussalli Beretta, the company's executive vice president and director, as well as lawmakers and city officials.
Several states began wooing Beretta
from Maryland after the company raised objections to a wide-ranging gun control measure enacted there last year.
Company officials said Wednesday that they have reached capacity in Maryland, requiring the expansion elsewhere.
"We look forward to building operations here and being part of your community for many years to come," Beretta
The other site finalists were Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.
Last year, lawmakers in Tennessee passed and the governor signed a measure that allows people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked, including company parking lots.
When asked by a reporter if Beretta
will allow its employees to keep guns in their cars at work, Reh responded, "if that's allowed by state law, yes."
has operated in Italy since 1526.