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Blaming senator, gun maker turns down W.Va. offers

Friday - 6/28/2013, 7:40pm  ET

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's role in the gun control debate has cost his home state the chance to host a major firearms maker.

Legislators and other West Virginia officials had invited Beretta USA to relocate from neighboring Maryland. The company objects to gun control proposals in that state.

A Beretta USA executive cited Manchin in turning down those offers this week.

Manchin is calling Beretta's response a shameful, deceptive and disingenuous attempt to score political points. The Democrat said the company is distorting his proposal to expand gun buyer background checks.

Jeffrey Reh is Beretta USA's general counsel and vice-general manager. Reh cited concerns with the proposal that Manchin co-sponsored with Sen. Patrick Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican.

Reh also cited Manchin's comments targeting large-capacity ammunition magazines.

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