CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sen. Joe Manchin said he had nothing to do with firearms maker Beretta USA choosing not to expand to West Virginia.

Beretta on Friday announced in a news release that Manchin’s role in the gun-control debate prompted the company to decline offers from groups in West Virginia that it relocate to the state.

Manchin, however, responded to the announcement with his own statement calling the company’s comments “a disingenuous excuse.”

“It’s shameful that Beretta, who seems to have no intention of moving from one of the most gun restrictive states in the country, is deceiving the great people of West Virginia in attempting to score a political point,” replied Manchin in the release. “While I am a proud owner of two Beretta shotguns, I’m truly disappointed in this cheap political shot their management has taken.”

In the release from the firearms maker, Jeffrey Reh, general counsel and vice-general manager, cited comments from Manchin targeting high-capacity ammunition magazines.

The company further pointed out concerns with a provision in the measure Manchin has co-sponsored with Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.) to expand gun buyer background checks to gun shows and Internet sales.

“That really caused us some consternation and concern,” Reh said in the company’s release. “We’ve decided not to consider West Virginia as a site for future expansion.”

But Manchin responded by stating that his measures preserve 2nd Amendment rights.

“I believe that my legislation, which an independent poll just showed that 75 percent of West Virginians agree with, is a reasonable approach that in no way infringes on our right to bear arms.”

Beretta currently host operations in Maryland, a state that recently enacted a strict gun-control law.

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  • Old Line

    Beretta relocating to this state would have been nice. They could have provided a decent amount of jobs, and if there is one thing the workforce of WV knows is guns. It would have been a perfect fit.

  • Jim N Charleston

    In my best David Caruso, "Well Joe, I guess for Beretta it's not "Open for Business", & thanks to you the deal has lost its Mojo."

    Bwaaaasangh, Bomh Bomh We won't get fooled again!

    • wvtd

      I sure hope not. we have seen what 89 years of one party rule by liberal democrats can do to a state, now watch as they slowly destroy the nation.

      • Magic Mike

        Look what Tomlin has done to this state. We are becoming like Maryland. Joe says he is for coal but what is he really doing? Just going through the motions and that is it. He is not doing anything to fight for coal miners. Obama will destroy this states economy and jobs along with it. Manchin just going through the motions. I used to respect Manchin but not anymore I voted for him but never again.

        • wvtd

          good ole traitor joe. you get what you vote for. now bend over WV and crawl to the welfare line. "joey knows your needs".
          obama and company will take care of everything you will ever need or want. lemmings form up to the rear.

        • wvtd

          this is the society you get when voting for far left liberals like joey and obama.

          welcome to obamaville folks. the king of social and environmental justice.

      • Al

        What do you mean,"Slowly"?

      • AH

        Arch Moore, Cecil Underwood and Shelly Moore Capito would beg to differ. And, btw, King Coal has ruled this state from top to bottom for 100 years. The politicians are puppets.

    • FungoJoe

      A tip of the cap to you. That was well played.

  • thornton

    Beretta never had any intention of coming to WV....Texas is likely in their sights.
    They are simply playing the choir...mining the miners, in other words..

    • Don Jr.

      With Manchin, we had no chance of landing Beretta, None. That's what the company is telling us. Without Manchin, we would have at least been given a look and had a shot even if it was a long shot. The whole country knows that Manchin is not representing WV citizens on this issue. This is proof that a Manchin presidency would be much like a mirror image of the Obama presidency. A puppet for the liberal elitists and their agenda.

      • thornton

        Amazing how people believe a big company if it supports an idea.

        No way would Beretta come to WV ahead of Texas or South Dakota or elsewhere.
        No way would one senator sway that decision, or one issue...the decision will be made based upon economics and, likely, tax incentives.
        Beretta was simply "getting in with their purchasers".

        Beretta makes a good product.....had a bucket load over the years and shot at the Beretta/Prince George facility during the 80s....they want to sell stuff at the greatest profit and ease.
        Good for them.

        For that to happen though, WV was not in the mix.
        Perhaps they remembered all the angst over incentives when Cabelas was considering the move to Wheeling area.
        Perhaps it is the tax structure here or the union-driven school system of 80 days, or whatever, ....regardless, WV will not be a best fit for every outfit that comes down the pike.

        The Beretta self-serving comment is simply yet another excuse to slip in a kick to Manchin's kidneys.
        I'm no fan of the Manchin method or manner, although A James was good for a chuckle, and MoJoe is a politico of the first water but ......BERETTA WAS NEVER COMING TO WV!

        Lose the feigned seems most as a cover for an agenda against a dropping in popularity politico.
        Manchin is not the largest pothole in WV.

        • NorthernWVman

          Actually they looked atleast two different properties here in this great state.

          I agree Manchin is NOT the biggest pothole to this state. The biggest pothole is people like you that so blindly follow the Manchins and Rocky's

          • thornton

            You misjudge in your haste to hate or find high-fives.

            As to properties....tire-kickers, that's all Beretta was.

            As to BlueJay and MoJoe....not a fan of either but that is unlikely to offer you very much traction to spit and sputter.

        • Ragweed

          It is simply amazing that so many people know exactly what Beretta was going to do!

  • must go

    Washington needs an enema!
    Vote NO incumbents in the future elections.

    Joe should be after Berreta and trying to Sell our state to them so they will come. Instead he is SELLING OUT.

    I bet ol Byrd would get them here!

  • wvman75

    The company itself said he and his actions were the reason they declined relocation to our state, but he doesn't want to take the blame. Big surprise there.

    Proud Manchin opponent here.

  • Jt

    Proud Manchin Supporter!

  • steve

    That's politics Joe; sometimes you "take" the credit and sometimes you "get" the blame. Kinda goes both ways doesn't it? Maybe you need to reflect some about what West Virginians want and how they will vote. Enough of Joe in the U. S. Senate.

  • JulianJet

    Our senator seems more concerned about becoming a Washington insider / kissing the obama / reid ring than remaining true to West Virginia values. Like it or not, he does represent a state whose people, for the most part, cling to God and guns. He seems to relish guest appearances on MSNBC where he plays the role of the useful idiot. He has to know that the majority of his constituents disagree with his inexplicable activism on the "left" side of the gun debate. (Just leave it alone already!). Makes me wonder about his motivation. His is a calculated move that must have the promise of future committee appointments or the like. Senator, we the people are losing trust in our government. We need our senator to forcefully stand as a voice of reason against policies that threaten our way of life. Your "leadership" on the gun control debate must surely be appreciated by obama / reid. I suppose the president is expressing his gratitude by his recent policy statement on regulating green house gases which will bankrupt coal-fired power plants. Not good for WV nor the country. Senator, we need you now!

    • Don Jr.

      Good post, that's about the way I see it as well.
      I was fooled by Manchin once (shame on Manchin), don't expect a repeat.
      Actually, I'm shocked that those ridiculous sounding Raese political ad's turned out to be true (you know, Washington Joe and such). I'm embarrased about our current representation in Washington. I just hope that there is someone decent to vote for next time, otherwise I'm staying home.

  • Dave R


    • al

      Yes, bring us "do nothing" Shelly. She'll be great!! Lol

      • Ripsnorter

        As a friend of Shelley, I have told her on more than one occasion that a " do-nothing " congress is the best kind. Virtually every time they pass legislation, it restricts our rights in some way. She has done a lot for the 2nd District and gets very little recognition for her efforts.

        • JJ

          Thanks ripsnorter for that because it's exactly right. Only imbeciles think that by "doing something", politicians earn their keep. Most of the time that "something" they're doing is a knee jerk reaction to a suddenly hot topic or a sweetheart deal for their cronies. And absent-minded kool-aid drinkers follow right in step with this garbage ideology.
          Our elected officials shoud be serving us by increasing our freedom, not further restricting it.

          • Tina B

            You're embracing the fact that she does nothing? That is just so ridiculous, I'm speechless.

  • wvman75

    I hope the ribs I'm cooking for the Fourth get as done as Manchin's political career.

  • rtdeco

    joe would comment but unfortunately his lips are still attached to obamas rear end

  • Raven0303

    Looks like Joe is once again screwing the people of WV. 1st he tries to limit our 2nd amendment rights. Now he is pushing must needed jobs out of WV with his crappy legislation

  • chasmo

    Joe : congrats on being an Obama puppet !! thanks for the " jobs ".Coal next ?

  • l jethro gibbs

    Say it isn't so joe?
    Way to bring jobs to wv

  • wvrefugee

    Stay strong Joe!

    • wvumounties8

      "STAY STRONG"??? For what? He has turned his back on his constituents and is now goose-stepping right along party lines with Obama and the rest of his cronies. Just like the"hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" administration who denies everything, ole "traitor Joe" is pulling the same denial tricks as Obama.

      • JimC


      • wvrefugee

        I'm a constituent and he's not turned his back on my stance!
        My guess is that Beretta was going to do this anyhow and wanted to make someone the "bad guy" and Joe is an easy target in a state where ignorance over rules intelligence!

        • j

          Well then your a very small minority. Take a look around you, that stance is worthless here. Maybe your better fitted for New York

          • RHytonen

            Well someone's not really looking around him, anyway. West Virginia actually HAS stepped out of the1950's, and I'd guess this ruse has more to do with some elaborate preemptive kabuki, to lie to Manchin's former constituents who have noticed he's a member of ALEC pretending to be a Democrat. So-called "social issues" have always been used in politics to hide the really heinous long term economic agendas. West Virginia is also beginning to remember what Coal has done TO them for over a century, is a hell of a lot worse than its claims and those of a few dupes and hired corporatist liars to the contrary.

        • al

          I'm with you, wvrefugee.

        • GregG

          I'm not a fan of Joe force WVU to play Marshall Jr. High Manchin, but to think that he is the "reason" Beretta didn't come to WV is ridiculous. Beretta wasn't coming to WV, but being your typical big business that wants total control over our government, via the republican party, they sure played it to their benefit. A very smooth move on their part. I would almost give them an A for their effort, but since it isn't that hard to lead the blind of this state anymore, I'll have to give them a B-. On another note, my neighbors dog fell in their pool and drown. I know, I know...... that too was Manchin and the democrat party's fault.

          • al

            Amen and Amen. Very well said.

          • bulldog95

            Now Joe gets to know what its like when his buddies in DC keep blaming Bush.

          • JJ

            Won't somebody think of the dogs!?!
            Ban all pools!! Or at least impose some unconstitutional restrictions upon them under the guise of public safety. Quick, while the issue's hot!
            Yes, that'll keep 'em safe.

          • Tina B

            Yep you are totally correct.

        • DonaldH

          yes wvrefugee the ignorance of you is self-evident

    • Vito

      It;s the same old story with Joe Manchin. If his lips are moving he's lying his b--ass off !!!

      It was probably the WVU case where Joe Manchin's daughter Heather Manchin Breash was awarded a college degree under false cicumstances. That's why the Bretta Gun company did not want to move its gun making operation into West Va.
      Joe Manchin has lied to West Virginia citizens so much he now cannot distinguish where the truth or a lie is at !!

      • WILLIAM


        • susanf

          Riigghtt!! And who doesn't remember going to your child's graduation?? I certainly remember attending all of my children's graduations, beginning w/kindergarten and ending w/my oldest's graduation from college. That was just a weak attempt by Manchin to avoid outright lying b/c he knew fully well that she had not completed the degree!

    • Vito

      Yes Joe Baby, Stay "STRONG". PPP ---UUUUUUU That sure is a "STRONG" smell coming from Joe Manchins Washington DC Senators Office !

      Ohh also JoeManchin has a special invitation to Barney Franks and future husbands wedding.

    • Vito

      A STRONG SMELING Horse Dropping is a Joe Manchin's lunch

    • granddad


    • Vito

      OF COURSE JOE MANCHIN TAKES NO BLAME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Just like when his oldest daughter was awarded a College degree that she *DID NOT* earn at West Virginia University. The "MANCHINS: Took And Didn;t Accept ------- No Blame !!!!!!----That's The Manchins !!!!!!!!

      Check It Out Boys and Girls !!

    • Meep

      If I had my way I'd outlaw every gun ever made and destroy everyone of them.

      But I have no use for a pimp like Joe Manchin who uses the death of 27 children to pimp himself.

      Manchin is not to be trusted. He's a jackal and he's out for himself and he could give tinker's dam about gun safety or anything else. He cares about Joe Manchin. That's what he cares abou.

    • garth

      He represents the PEOPLE of WV..and the majority of the PEOPLE of WV want him to forget about this travesty, and work on coal, jobs and getting Obama out of office by impeachment..HE seems keep forgetting, getting into an "elected" office means he actually WORKS for the electors..Not sent to DC to do as he pleases..

      • DonaldH

        Well Garth, as Sen. Byrd once wrote to me and said: We all have an opinion, You have yours and I have mine and fortunately I'm the one elected and can come here to Washington and express mine"

        • Tina B

          That is hilarious!!! I loved Senator Byrd.