With gun sales down 12.6% year-over-year but the U.S. having experienced at least four mass shootings every week in 2022, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022's States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry.
To determine the states that depend most heavily on the arms and ammunitions industry both directly for jobs and political contributions and indirectly through firearm ownership, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 16 key metrics. The data set ranges from firearms industry jobs per capita to gun sales per 1,000 residents to gun ownership rate.
|States Most Dependent on Gun Industry||States Least Dependent on Gun Industry|
|1. Idaho||41. Virginia|
|2. Wyoming||42. Georgia|
|3. Kentucky||43. Connecticut|
|4. South Dakota||44. Massachusetts|
|5. Montana||45. Maryland|
|6. Arkansas||46. California|
|7. Alaska||47. New York|
|8. North Dakota||48. Hawaii|
|9. Missouri||49. New Jersey|
|10. Oklahoma||50. Rhode Island|
- Montana has the highest gun ownership rate, 65.00 percent, 7.2 times higher than in New Jersey, which has the lowest at 8.90 percent.
- New Hampshire has the most firearms-industry jobs per 10,000 residents, 73.42, 18 times more than in Hawaii, which has the fewest at 4.07.
- New York has the highest average firearms-industry wages and benefits, $85,432, 2.3 times higher than in New Mexico, which has the lowest at $37,847.
- New Hampshire has the highest total federal business taxes paid by the firearms industry per capita, $150.02, 50.7 times higher than in Delaware, which has lowest at $2.96.
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