Jobs the Gun Industry Creates for Your State

Jobs the Gun Industry Creates for Your State

Gun Rights

Between high-profile mass shootings, student walkouts and a fierce political debate between gun-rights groups and gun-control advocates, hardly a week goes by when guns aren’t in the news. But in America, guns are more than just a hot political topic — they’re also very big business and a large employer across all 50 states. The firearms and ammunition industry employs 149,000 people working for companies that make, distribute and sell guns, ammunition and hunting equipment. An additional 163,000 people work supporting those companies. Overall the gun industry is responsible for more than 300,000 jobs and more than $15 billion in wages, according to a report by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gun retailers, owners, distributors and manufacturers. In the following slideshow, states are ranked from least to most gun-related jobs. Keep reading to see how the gun industry impacts jobs in your state. Washington, D.C. Total jobs: 16 Total wages: $1,372,600 Delaware Total jobs: 293 Total wages: $12,109,000 Hawaii Total jobs: 328 Total wages: $13,129,700 Rhode Island Total jobs: 514 Total wages: $34,779,200 Vermont Total jobs: 717 Total wages: $34,269,500 North Dakota Total jobs: 901 Total wages: $33,507,800 Wyoming Total jobs: 1,152 Total wages: $43,868,500 Alaska Total jobs: 1,155 Total wages: $43,448,200 New Mexico Total jobs: 1,210 Total wages: $35,870,000 West Virginia Total jobs: 1,378 Total wages: $44,952,600 South Dakota Total jobs: 1,905 Total wages: $79,425,300 Iowa Total jobs: 2,143 Total wages: $84,428,800 Nevada Total jobs: 2,492 Total wages: $97,161,700 Maine Total jobs: 2,493 Total wages: $95,266,200 […]

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