Skip to main content

Main Area

Main

State economies most dependent on the gun industry

1/
Wikicommons

State economies most dependent on the gun industry

Regardless of your personal opinion on the gun industry, you can’t deny the impact it has on the United States. The right to bear arms is the second amendment in our Bill of Rights, a prominent position that signals the importance of firearms to the Founding FathersForty-two percent of Americans live in a household with a gun, while a whopping 72 percent of Americans say they have shot a gun before. The United States has a higher number of guns per 100 residents than any other country in the world.  

The firearm industry also has an immense economic impact on the country: Sales of firearms and ammunition contributed more than $51 billion to the United States economy in 2018. To discover how the industry affects each state’s economy, WalletHub ranked all 50 states on three separate dimensions: the firearms industry, gun prevalence and gun politics. To calculate the score for each category, WalletHub studied 16 key metrics, including firearms industry jobs per 10,000 residents, strictness of state gun laws and gun sales per 1,000 residents. Read on to see how much your state’s economy depends on the firearm industry, find out which state has the highest prevalence of guns and learn which state’s politics are friendliest to gun owners and firearm companies.

To see which states are the most (and least) dependent on funding from the federal government, click here.

2/
Maryland GovPics // Flickr

#50. Maryland

Firearms industry rank: #46
Gun prevalence rank: #46
Gun politics rank: #49


 

3/
U.S. Department of Defense

#49. New Jersey

Firearms industry rank: #49
Gun prevalence rank: #50
Gun politics rank: #45


 

4/
Wikicommons

#48. Rhode Island

Firearms industry rank: #44
Gun prevalence rank: #48
Gun politics rank: #46


 

5/
Wikicommons

#47. Delaware

Firearms industry rank: #42
Gun prevalence rank: #43
Gun politics rank: #50


 

6/
Ben Sutherland // Flickr

#46. New York

Firearms industry rank: #45
Gun prevalence rank: #49
Gun politics rank: #42


 

7/
Wikicommons

#45. Hawaii

Firearms industry rank: #50
Gun prevalence rank: #42
Gun politics rank: #40


 

8/
Michael Saechang // Flickr

#44. Connecticut

Firearms industry rank: #38
Gun prevalence rank: #44
Gun politics rank: #48


 

9/
big-ashb // Flickr

#43. Massachusetts

Firearms industry rank: #41
Gun prevalence rank: #47
Gun politics rank: #41


 

10/
Wikicommons

#42. California

Firearms industry rank: #48
Gun prevalence rank: #45
Gun politics rank: #38


 

11/
U.S. Department of Defense

#41. Illinois

Firearms industry rank: #47
Gun prevalence rank: #30
Gun politics rank: #39


 

12/
Cory Doctorow // Wikicommons

#40. Michigan

Firearms industry rank: #33
Gun prevalence rank: #39
Gun politics rank: #43


 

13/
Thayne Tuason // Wikicommons

#39. Washington

Firearms industry rank: #36
Gun prevalence rank: #27
Gun politics rank: #44


 

14/
Beyond My Ken // Wikicommons

#38. Florida

Firearms industry rank: #37
Gun prevalence rank: #35
Gun politics rank: #33


 

15/
Wikicommons

#37. Virginia

Firearms industry rank: #34
Gun prevalence rank: #32
Gun politics rank: #32


 

16/
Wikicommons

#36. Oregon

Firearms industry rank: #23
Gun prevalence rank: #26
Gun politics rank: #37


 

17/
Wikicommons

#35. Iowa

Firearms industry rank: #43
Gun prevalence rank: #40
Gun politics rank: #11


 

18/
ElCapitanBSC // Flickr

#34. Nevada

Firearms industry rank: #18
Gun prevalence rank: #28
Gun politics rank: #34


 

19/
U.S. Air Force

#33. Vermont

Firearms industry rank: #28
Gun prevalence rank: #16
Gun politics rank: #35


 

20/
U.S. Air Force

#32. New Mexico

Firearms industry rank: #40
Gun prevalence rank: #14
Gun politics rank: #29


 

21/
m01229 // Flickr

#31. Minnesota

Firearms industry rank: #16
Gun prevalence rank: #15
Gun politics rank: #36


 

22/
Paul VanDerWerf // Flickr

#30. Maine

Firearms industry rank: #9
Gun prevalence rank: #38
Gun politics rank: #30


 

23/
Brian Ambrozy // Flickr

#29. Georgia

Firearms industry rank: #32
Gun prevalence rank: #33
Gun politics rank: #23


 

24/
Tpe.g5.stan // Wikicommons

#28. New Hampshire

Firearms industry rank: #2
Gun prevalence rank: #22
Gun politics rank: #47


 

25/
Ibagli // Wikicommons

#27. Ohio

Firearms industry rank: #31
Gun prevalence rank: #25
Gun politics rank: #27


 

26/
Daderot // Wikicommons

#26. Wisconsin

Firearms industry rank: #39
Gun prevalence rank: #21
Gun politics rank: #24


 

27/
Muhranoff // Wikicommons

#25. Pennsylvania

Firearms industry rank: #29
Gun prevalence rank: #29
Gun politics rank: #25


 

28/
Roy Luck // Flickr

#24. Colorado

Firearms industry rank: #25
Gun prevalence rank: #12
Gun politics rank: #31


 

29/
Barksdale AFB // Wikicommons

#23. Louisiana

Firearms industry rank: #30
Gun prevalence rank: #31
Gun politics rank: #20


 

30/
Paul Sableman // Flickr

#22. Texas

Firearms industry rank: #26
Gun prevalence rank: #37
Gun politics rank: #13


 

31/
U.S. Air Force

#21. Nebraska

Firearms industry rank: #11
Gun prevalence rank: #41
Gun politics rank: #10


 

32/
U.S. Air Force

#20. Indiana

Firearms industry rank: #35
Gun prevalence rank: #4
Gun politics rank: #28


 

33/
Girder2139 // Wikicommons

#19. Arizona

Firearms industry rank: #15
Gun prevalence rank: #34
Gun politics rank: #19


 

34/
Deshort // Wikicommons

#18. North Carolina

Firearms industry rank: #27
Gun prevalence rank: #18
Gun politics rank: #22


 

35/
Michael McConville // Wikicommons

#17. Utah

Firearms industry rank: #10
Gun prevalence rank: #36
Gun politics rank: #7


 

36/
U.S. Air Force

#16. Mississippi

Firearms industry rank: #13
Gun prevalence rank: #24
Gun politics rank: #17


 

37/
glasgows // Flickr

#15. South Carolina

Firearms industry rank: #21
Gun prevalence rank: #9
Gun politics rank: #21


 

38/
Wikicommons

#14. Tennessee

Firearms industry rank: #22
Gun prevalence rank: #2
Gun politics rank: #26


 

39/
Idawriter // Wikicommons

#13. West Virginia

Firearms industry rank: #24
Gun prevalence rank: #8
Gun politics rank: #15


 

40/
Tac6 Media // Flickr

#12. Missouri

Firearms industry rank: #12
Gun prevalence rank: #19
Gun politics rank: #14


 

41/
U.S. Air Force

#11. Alabama

Firearms industry rank: #17
Gun prevalence rank: #6
Gun politics rank: #18


 

42/
Tac6 Media // Flickr

#10. North Dakota

Firearms industry rank: #14
Gun prevalence rank: #20
Gun politics rank: #4


 

43/
U.S. Navy

#9. Oklahoma

Firearms industry rank: #19
Gun prevalence rank: #7
Gun politics rank: #6


 

44/
Public Domain

#8. Kansas

Firearms industry rank: #8
Gun prevalence rank: #13
Gun politics rank: #12


 

45/
U.S. Coast Guard

#7. Arkansas

Firearms industry rank: #7
Gun prevalence rank: #11
Gun politics rank: #16


 

46/
Wikicommons

#6. Kentucky

Firearms industry rank: #20
Gun prevalence rank: #1
Gun politics rank: #8


 

47/
U.S. Air Force

#5. Wyoming

Firearms industry rank: #5
Gun prevalence rank: #17
Gun politics rank: #2


 

48/
m01229 // Flickr

#4. South Dakota

Firearms industry rank: #4
Gun prevalence rank: #23
Gun politics rank: #1


 

49/
Wikicommons

#3. Alaska

Firearms industry rank: #6
Gun prevalence rank: #3
Gun politics rank: #5


 

50/
U.S. Air Force

#2. Montana

Firearms industry rank: #3
Gun prevalence rank: #5
Gun politics rank: #9


 

51/
Idawriter // Wikicommons

#1. Idaho

Firearms industry rank: #1
Gun prevalence rank: #10
Gun politics rank: #3


 

2018 All rights reserved.