CAMBRIDGE, Md.- At LWRC International in Cambridge, guns are being built, painted and tested. But if Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun control bill is passed as is, LWRC said it will have no choice but to load up and move their company out of Maryland.
"We wouldn't be able to possess, transfer, own, ship or sell any of those standard capacity magazines which would completely inhibit our ability to produce government guns, and that is 80 percent of our business," said LWRC's Business Developer V.P. David Loeser.
O'Malley's office issued WBOC this statement regarding LWRC:
"We have been proactively reaching out to the company and we continue to stand at the ready to assist the company with any business and/or employment issues. They are a valuable employer on the Eastern Shore and we hope they remain in Maryland."
LWRC said it has 300 employees, all of which could be out of a job if lawmakers agree to pass the gun control bill.
"If the bill passes, we simply couldn't do business here and that's the sad truth," Loeser said. "There are 300 jobs that depend on us to be able to function on a daily basis."
Loeser said moving is a last resort and believes if a few provisions are made to the bill LWRC could stay put.
"We are trying to convince the powers that be in Annapolis that by adding some simple provisions to the bill would allow us to stay," Loeser said.
But some people say tighter gun laws are needed.
"I would like to have gun laws that are properly enforced," said Judith Scott of Cambridge.
Scott said she would hate to see more people unemployed, but this bill must get passed.
"Obviously anything that takes jobs out of the county I hate, but you have to balance it out for the greater good," Scott said.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:19:20 GMT
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