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Jobs the Gun Industry Creates for Your State

Andrew Lisa

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

Montana

Total jobs: 2,622
Total wages: $96,246,800

New Jersey

Total jobs: 2,743
Total wages: $185,662,000

Maryland

Total jobs: 3,484
Total wages: $208,801,600

Nebraska

Total jobs: 3,768
Total wages: $181,807,400

Kentucky

Total jobs: 3,779
Total wages: $153,363,600

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Oklahoma

Total jobs: 4,006
Total wages: $154,320,400

Louisiana

Total jobs: 4,256
Total wages: $165,550,900

Mississippi

Total jobs: 4,834
Total wages: $202,642,800

Kansas

Total jobs: 5,015
Total wages: $194,347,400

Colorado

Total jobs: 5,184
Total wages: $252,655,400

Wisconsin

Total jobs: 5,187
Total wages: $226,940,300

Indiana

Total jobs: 5,430
Total wages: $215,861,500

Virginia

Total jobs: 5,431
Total wages: $254,491,000

Connecticut

Total jobs: 5,477
Total wages: $413,924,800

Alabama

Total jobs: 5,870
Total wages: $242,847,400

South Carolina

Total jobs: 6,064
Total wages: $274,702,600

Tennessee

Total jobs: 6,125
Total wages: $278,130,000

Arkansas

Total jobs: 6,455
Total wages: $284,881,900

New Hampshire

Total jobs: 6,470
Total wages: $429,785,000

Utah

Total jobs: 6,669
Total wages: $311,160,300

Washington

Total jobs: 6,833
Total wages: $317,388,100

Oregon

Total jobs: 7,342
Total wages: $436,112,500

Idaho

Total jobs: 7,436
Total wages: $319,761,600

Arizona

Total jobs: 8,043
Total wages: $427,554,300

Michigan

Total jobs: 8,273
Total wages: $369,093,900

New York

Total jobs: 8,986
Total wages: $655,168,400

Massachusetts

Total jobs: 9,288
Total wages: $678,578,000

Georgia

Total jobs: 9,374
Total wages: $432,502,100

Missouri

Total jobs: 10,381
Total wages: $425,558,000

North Carolina

Total jobs: 10,509
Total wages: $469,537,900

Ohio

Total jobs: 11,981
Total wages: $499,892,800

Pennsylvania

Total jobs: 12,575
Total wages: $655,308,100

Minnesota

Total jobs: 12,760
Total wages: $796,863,300

Illinois

Total jobs: 13,186
Total wages: $803,730,900

Florida

Total jobs: 15,691
Total wages: $714,196,500

California

Total jobs: 20,162
Total wages: $1,181,389,500

Texas

Total jobs: 23,605
Total wages: $1,167,437,600

Keep reading to find out the most profitable industry in each state.

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Methodology: All of the data for this article was sourced from the NSSF’s 2019 Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: Jobs the Gun Industry Creates for Your State