2016 States Most Dependent On The Gun Industry

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by  by Richie Bernardo

As mass shootings and police-brutality incidents spawn a constant stream of headlines, the American right to bear arms has grown to become one of the hardest conversations of our time. But the impact of guns on the nation’s coffers is another matter of debate.

On one side of the coin, the gun industry plays an important role in the U.S. economy. By oneestimate, firearms and ammunitions contributed a total of nearly $43 billion to the economy in 2014. That figure accounts for more than 263,000 jobs that paid $13.7 billion in total wages, according to the report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. In the same year, federal and state governments collected from the industry more than $5.79 billion in business taxes, plus an additional $863.7 million in federal excise duties.

But the losses from gun violence certainly put those gains in perspective. A recent analysis by Mother Jones estimated the cost of fatal and nonfatal gun violence at $229 billion in 2012. According to the authors of the report, that toll “would have been $47 billion more than Apple’s 2014 worldwide revenue and $88 billion more than what the US government budgeted for education that year.”

In light of the recent changes to state gun legislations and President Barack Obama’s executive orders on gun control, WalletHub’s analysts took a closer look at the arms and ammunitions industry in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine which among them depends most on gun business both directly for jobs and political contributions and indirectly through firearm ownership. Scroll down for the results, additional expert commentary and our detailed methodology.

Overall Rank

State

Total Score

‘Firearms Industry’ Rank

‘Gun Prevalence’ Rank

‘Gun Politics’ Rank

1 Idaho 70.57 2 8 4
2 Alaska 66.61 24 2 1
3 Montana 65.34 5 5 5
4 South Dakota 61.36 8 12 2
5 Arkansas 59.90 6 7 19
6 Wyoming 59.35 19 6 3
7 New Hampshire 55.14 1 38 43
8 Minnesota 54.31 4 16 29
9 Kentucky 54.24 38 1 8
10 Alabama 51.09 41 3 11
11 North Dakota 48.40 32 10 7
12 West Virginia 48.20 49 4 22
13 Mississippi 48.15 11 15 30
14 Utah 46.06 14 20 13
15 Indiana 45.50 43 9 26
16 Oregon 45.29 7 33 35
17 Colorado 44.26 12 18 37
18 South Carolina 43.88 26 17 17
19 Kansas 43.53 17 26 6
20 Connecticut 43.43 3 41 47
21 Tennessee 42.58 39 13 24
22 Louisiana 42.36 45 14 15
23 Missouri 41.80 21 21 18
24 Wisconsin 40.54 16 23 36
25 Vermont 40.52 13 36 31
26 Nebraska 40.45 10 44 14
27 New Mexico 39.90 50 11 23
28 Texas 39.53 34 24 16
29 Oklahoma 39.52 48 19 9
30 Illinois 39.47 18 22 40
31 Iowa 39.46 23 32 12
32 Arizona 39.39 20 34 20
33 Nevada 37.22 47 25 10
34 Pennsylvania 37.19 36 28 25
35 Florida 36.40 33 27 34
36 Georgia 36.30 37 31 28
37 North Carolina 36.02 22 37 32
38 Massachusetts 36.01 9 45 41
39 Virginia 35.88 35 35 27
40 Ohio 33.43 40 42 21
41 District of Columbia 33.37 15 47 33
42 Washington 33.18 31 29 48
43 Hawaii 32.88 46 30 38
44 Maine 32.83 27 40 46
45 Michigan 31.43 25 39 49
46 California 29.85 28 43 44
47 Maryland 26.12 44 46 42
48 New York 24.10 29 49 45
49 New Jersey 22.83 42 50 39
50 Rhode Island 19.55 30 51 50
51 Delaware 6.28 51 48 51

 

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10 States Most Dependent On the Gun Industry- A Bang for Your Buck

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WalletHub focused on three key facets: presence of the firearm industry, gun prevalence in the state and gun politics.

While New Hampshire ranks highest for the number of firearms-industry jobs per capita — seven times more than the District of Columbia — it is Idaho that relies most heavily on the gun industry for jobs and political contributions, according to the report.

Firearms and ammunitions contributed an estimated $43 billion to the economy in 2014, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. That figure includes more than 263,000 gun industry jobs that paid more than $13.7 billion in total wages.

Here are the states most dependent on the gun industry:

  1. Idaho
  2. Alaska
  3. Montana
  4. South Dakota
  5. Arkansas
  6. Wyoming
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Minnesota
  9. Kentucky
  10. Alabama

 

The states with the highest gun ownership are Alaska, Arkansas and Idaho, while the states with the lowest gun ownership are Delaware, Rhode Island and New York.

“State and local laws can be and are effective, as for example in New York State, where 85-90 percent of guns recovered in crimes come from out of state, thanks to New York’s tough gun laws,” Robert Spitzer, the chair of the department of political science at State University of New York at Cortland, said in a statement.

“There is also a direct line correlation between the strictness of states’ gun laws and overall gun deaths and gun violence, with states having the strictest laws having the lowest rates, and the reverse for states with lax laws.”

Here are the states that are the least dependent on the gun industry:

  1. Delaware
  2. Rhode Island
  3. New Jersey
  4. New York
  5. Maryland
  6. California
  7. Michigan
  8. Maine
  9. Hawaii
  10. Washington