Wellington City Council passes resolution to support 2nd Amendment; Maryland gun manufacturer turns city offer down

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council voted a resolution that supported the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment which addresses the Right to Bear Arms for U.S. Citizens at Tuesday night’s meeting. While the Second Amendment has most certainly been around awhile, the council was cognizance of what such a resolution at this point in time could do for the city of Wellington.

Wellington Economic Develop Director Cody Sims in February drafted and mailed out a number of letters to several gun manufacturing plants in states like Colorado where gun-control legislation has taken effect and has raised the ire of the firearm companies within those state’s boundaries. Some have expressed, at least vocally, they were ready to move out of state to more “gun-friendly” areas.

Wellington City Council member B.J. Tracy said an official resolution reaffirming a citizen’s right to bear arms, will only strengthen Wellington’s cause, if a firearm manufacturer would decide to make a move. 

Recently the Kansas State Legislature passed legislation in support of the Second Amendment. The Sedgwick County Commissioners would pass a resolution supporting the legislature’s decision in April.

“I think we should do it officially as well,” Tracy said “This will only strengthen our position for these manufacturers looking for a gun-friendly location.” The resolution passed 6-0 without comment.

Not coincidentally, Sims recently heard back from one of the firearm manufacturers in a letter signed by Jeffrey Reh General Counsel and Vice Manager of Beretta USA Corp in Maryland on June 24.

The letter stated:

“Thank you for taking the time to forward to me information about your state and local jurisdiction, along with your offer to have the Beretta organization consider your locale as a future home for its facility currently located in Maryland. The extent to which people across the country have expressed interest in our company has been an encouraging byproduct of the anti-gun debate that has occurred within our own state. We appreciate your kind sentiments in that regard. 

Before considering any other location for future expansion of any of our facilities we consider first the consistency with which a given state has supported Second Amendment rights. Factors that we considered in this regard include but were not limited to whether any cities within that State have sued the firearm industry in the past in a misguided attempt to blame guns for the criminal misconduct of persons within their own jurisdiction. We also looked at the vote of federally-elected officials in the recent debate in Washington D.C. regarding President Obama’s efforts to restrict gun ownership by banning certain types of semiautomatic rifles and shotguns and by limiting magazine capacity for those who choose to use firearms for self defense. 

I am pleased to advise you that your State has passed that state of evaluation. Unfortunately, for a variety of other reasons, we have decided to focus our search efforts elsewhere. 

While we appreciate the time and effort you spent in sending us information about your local jurisdiction we will not be pursuing that opportunity further at this time. We will, however, keep your materials on file in case the results of our other searches do not prove to be productive. 

Thank you again for the time and effort you spent in sending us information about your local jurisdiction.” 

Sincerely yours. 

Jeff K. Reh, 

General Counsel and Vice-General Manager, Beretta U.S.A. Corp. 


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