Delaware near bottom in ranking of economic impact of firearms industry


As guns control and gun rights advocates square off in demonstrations in Dover, a new report notes that the economic impact of the firearms industry is among the lowest in the nation. The state continues to have the nation’s lowest rate of gun ownership.

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Source: WalletHub

With gun sales still in decline since President Trump took office and with new gun laws taking effect this year such as a federal ban on “bump stocks,” the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on2019’s States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry.

Delaware ranked 46thout of 50 states in the economic impact of the firearms business, with neighboring New Jersey at the bottom.

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 17 metrics. The data set ranges from firearms industry jobs per capita to gun sales per 1,000 residents to gun ownership rate.

The rankings are as follows (1=Most Dependent; 25=Avg.)

  • 50th– Gun Ownership Rate
  • 48th– Firearms-Industry Jobs per Capita
  • 20th– Avg. Firearms-Industry Wages & Benefits
  • 48th– Total Firearms-Industry Output per Capita
  • 44th– Total Taxes Paid by Firearms Industry per Capita
  • 39th– NICS Background Checks per Capita
  • 39th– Gun-Control Contributions to Congressional Members per Capita
  • 45th– Gun-Rights Contributions to Congressional Members per Capita
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