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Study ranks states most dependent on gun industry

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Published: May. 7, 2019 at 7:37 AM CDT
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(WMC) - With gun sales still in decline since President Donald 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 has released its report on 2019’s States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry.

To determine the states that depend most heavily on the arms and ammunition industry both directly for jobs and political contributions, and indirectly through firearm ownership, WalletHub compared the 50 states in 17 key metrics. The categories range from firearms industry jobs per capita to gun sales per 1,000 residents to gun ownership rate.

Tennessee’s Dependence on the Gun Industry (1=Most Dependent; 25=Avg.)

  • 15th – Gun Ownership Rate
  • 26th – Firearms-Industry Jobs per Capita
  • 22nd – Avg. Firearms-Industry Wages & Benefits
  • 27th – Total Firearms-Industry Output per Capita
  • 15th – Total Taxes Paid by Firearms Industry per Capita
  • 10th – NICS Background Checks per Capita
  • 14th – Gun-Control Contributions to Congressional Members per Capita
  • 24th – Gun-Rights Contributions to Congressional Members per Capita

To read the entire report, and see where other Mid-South states rank, click here.

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