GUN-DEPENDENT: Idaho named state most reliant on gun industry

GUN-DEPENDENT: Idaho named state most reliant on gun industry

Jared Huckstep, owner of Hux Customs gun shop in Chubbuck, holds one of the guns for sale at his establishment. Idaho is the state most dependent on the gun industry, according to a new study. The study by WalletHub ranked Idaho first in most gun industry jobs per capita and highest total gun industry output per capita, tied with New Hampshire, and was within the top 10 for gun prevalence and gun politics. The other states in the top five are Montana, Alaska, South Dakota and Wyoming. GUN FRIENDLY Some local residents in the gun industry say there are a few reasons why Idaho is so attractive to gun businesses. Jared Huckstep, the owner of Hux Customs gun shop in Chubbuck, said a big reason is just the simple fact that Idahoans love guns. “Being from Idaho, we like (guns),” Huckstep said. “… Our Second Amendment rights are pretty important to us, so anybody that frowns on that probably wouldn’t get into office and therefore they can’t influence the industries.” Huckstep said there are numerous Idaho companies involved in the firearms industry. “I try to stock as many as I possibly can,” he said, adding that Idaho companies manufacture “everything from optics to ammunition, firearms, parts, pieces, everything.” The low cost of living in Idaho is another reason a lot of gun-related businesses are drawn to the Gem State, Huckstep said. “In Idaho, everything seems cheaper,” Huckstep said. “If you go to California or whatever, everything is more expensive […]

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