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Benelli on Gun Control: Quotes from the Heated Debate

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By    |   Friday, 01 May 2015 04:48 PM

Gun manufacturing is on the rise while, at the same time, gun ownership is down. This is according to a recent story published in the Washington Post claiming that, "Gun manufacturer's boosted production by 31 percent between 2011 and 2012 … in 2014 the number of American households owning guns remained at 40-year lows."

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It's a hot-button topic, one that the United States Senate debates on Capitol Hill regularly. Discussions focus on potential measures in the national budget aimed at restricting guns and ammunition. An article on TheHill.com, reports, "As the Senate debates the federal government’s 2016 budget, Republicans and gun advocates are pushing for a number of amendments that would expand concealed-carry laws and block the Obama administration from issuing what opponents call a 'backdoor' ban on guns.

According to the measures being suggested in the Senate, gun owners would see fewer restrictions placed on their ability to own and carry weapons. Clearly, the gun lobbyists appear to be gaining the upper hand.

Benelli, an Italian-based firearms company with offices in several countries, including the U.S., promotes itself as offering the largest selection of semiautomatic shotguns in the world. Yet, despite its name and credentials, Benelli and other weapons manufacturers find themselves fighting states attempting to restrict the industry's products.

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In a 2013 Fox Business article, popular firearms manufacturer, Beretta, which features Benelli as a subsidiary, takes issue with Maryland's restrictions of its products. In the article, Beretta board member Jeff Reh states that, "We are confronted with a state government that wants to ban our products at a time, by the way, when numerous other state governments are courting our investment."

States vary on their commitment to gun control, certainly in part because the firearms industry equals money which equals tax revenue. From 1997 through 2014, Beretta and Stoeger Industries were projected to pay approximately $31 million in taxes.

Despite the ongoing debates, Benelli is rolling along with their business plans. In fact, business would appear to be on the upswing. In a March 2015 article for Ammoland Shooting Sports News, Dianna Lieforff-Muller, team Benelli 3-Gun leader states that the company is "very excited about our partnerships for 2015. Each one brings something unique … that will help make our team stronger and more competitive."

In the same article, Benelli vice president of marketing Tom Kaleta had this to say regarding sportsmanship and hunting. "The crossover of hunting and 3-Gun is a real opportunity to expand shooting sports – and our market."

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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