Gun Industry Restrictions Will Hurt Workers

Many people who seek to infringe on Second Amendment rights advocate the passage of “harsher gun laws” to allegedly benefit the common good. But does anyone actually understand what “harsher gun laws” mean for a state’s economy? Most advocates for arbitrary and unconstitutional restrictions on the freedoms of gun manufacturers claim to be targeting only certain businesses and customers. This logic is false. These misinformed reformers make the naïve assumption that the gun industry is a separate entity from the rest of the American economy. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, the gun manufacturing industry—like the automobile manufacturing industry—is intrinsically entwined with the broader economy all across the United States. Every time rashly adopted “harsher gun laws” cause a manufacturer to impose cutbacks or move, it affects ordinary people’s lives and their ability to earn an honest living. According to the 2018 Economic Impact Report of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), firearms and ammunition manufacturers contributed an average of $51 billion to the nation’s economy—not just by selling guns, but by stimulating many diverse jobs including retail, printing, box manufacturing, plastic manufacturing and small metalwork. The industry and its employees also created an average of $6.78 billion in property, income and sales-based taxes in addition to over $717.81 million in federal excise taxes, according to the report. Legal blows aimed at gun manufacturers will hit ordinary workers in ordinary jobs—like workers at food-delivery companies serving workers at manufacturing plants. Cuts to gun manufacturers and employee […]

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