By Cameron Jones
In light of news coming out of Maryland where the Governor and the Legislature are stomping all over the 2nd Amendment rights of citizens, perhaps Fauquier County should be looking to capitalize on what is about to happen there.
Firearms manufacturer Berretta has declared that if the Maryland government makes it illegal for Beretta employees to own the products that they produce, Beretta is going to leave Maryland for a state which is friendlier to the Constitutional rights of their employees.
West Virginia is already wooing Beretta, and Governor McDonnell has repeatedly said that Virginia would welcome Beretta with open arms, no pun intended.
So if that were to be the case, why wouldn’t Fauquier County seek to be the new home of a company that produced $18.6 million in revenue in 2011, and employs a work force of around 500, not to mention the other suppliers and services that may follow Beretta where ever they may go?
Perhaps our new Economic Development Director, Miles Friedman should test the waters and try working with the Board of Supervisors to recruit Beretta to Fauquier.
This could be the start of something good for Fauquier County, not only for our citizens, but for the reputation of the county which continues to be viewed by outsiders as more and more business unfriendly.
If Beretta relocates it is likely that others will follow.
Another firearms manufacturer, LWRCI is also indicating that they may relocate too, and if that were to happen it is likely that other business will follow them as well.
Skilled, high paying jobs with a relatively small foot print can only mean good things for Fauquier County, after all isn’t this the type of thing that the Board of Supervisors has been saying they are for?
Time for the Board to put up or shut up.