Infographic Shows Economic Impact of Firearms Industry: Anti-Gun States Better Pay Attention!

Magpul, Hi-Vis, and Weatherby made headlines in recent months after moving from less gun-friendly states to Wyoming, but these companies may be the exception rather than the rule.

A new breakdown from indicates that a state’s pro-gun policies do not always translate to a more robust gun industry. analyzed job totals and average wages from data collected from the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report from 2017 to get a snapshot of the size of the industry in each state.

They found that while pro-gun states like Texas ($8.83B) boast a large firearms industry that employs thousands of people, states with stricter firearms regulations like California ($3.64B), Minnesota ($2.43B), Illinois ($2.18B), and Massachusetts ($1.86B) also incorporate relatively large gun industries.

On the other end of the spectrum, Hawaii ($39M), Delaware ($40M), Rhode Island ($97M), and Vermont ($0.1B) employ only a small number of gun makers and sellers, but the same can be said for New Mexico ($0.13B), Nevada ($0.4B) and Oklahoma ($0.51B).

Infographic Shows Economic Impact of Firearms Industry: Anti-Gun States Better Pay Attention!


Here are the top-ten states:

  1. Texas: $3.83B and 23,070 jobs
  2. California: $3.64B and 20,610 jobs
  3. Minnesota: $2.43B and 11,650 jobs
  4. Florida: $2.39B and 14,850 jobs
  5. Illinois: $2.18B and 10,681 jobs
  6. North Carolina: $1.98B and 11,427 jobs
  7. Pennsylvania: $1.94B and 12,436 jobs
  8. Massachusetts: $1.86B and 7,116 jobs
  9. New York: $1.84B and 8020 jobs
  10. Ohio: $1.61B and 11,772 jobs

The weakness with this analysis, of course, is that it does not correct for population size. California employs a huge number people in the firearms industry because a huge number of people live in the Golden State.

SEE ALSO: Taurus Bringing 300 Jobs to Georgia Along w/ New Manufacturing Plant

Take Massachusetts and Oklahoma, for example. The size of the gun industry in Massachusetts is surprising as compared to the Sooner State, but approximately 6.9 million people live in Massachusetts while only 3.9 million people live in Oklahoma. The firearms industry doesn’t exactly correspond to population size—Massachusetts’ industry is three times larger than Oklahoma’s with only double the population—but adjusting for the number of residents in each state would make the data clearer.

Still, given Slide Fire’s recent forced shut down, it is notable that gun makers can survive at all in states like New York, California, and Massachusetts. Attacking firearm makers and sellers is one of the most common anti-gun tactics, but some companies still manage to scrape by despite increasing regulations and public hostility.

It will be interesting to see how many can hang on before following Weatherby’s lead.

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  • ben May 18, 2018, 12:30 am

    where do people get the idea that we have strict gun laws in Minnesota? about the only thing we can’t have is a short barreled shotgun.

  • Luis G Bonilla May 4, 2018, 5:23 pm

    It’s amazing how after all the bad propaganda made by gun fearing citizens . The jobs lost were never thought of if the gun industry is affected ,with law suits and anti gun laws keep honest citizens from buying guns , unemployment goes up and homeless as well . Now will the military and police be the only ones to have guns ? Why if one else has them why should they ???? Let’s go back to knifes and clubs , rocks , bows & arrows … Question will that stop the deaths , NO, NO, NO .

  • Lee May 4, 2018, 5:21 pm

    What is considered a firearms industry job? The study doesn’t show. I mean seriously does the guy who makes the CNC machine factor in as a gun industry job? Do the raw material companies or importers factor in. Where does the study start? Is it solely based on retail? Does it factor in on a per capa basis considering population sizes? Its all relative, otherwise the study is just arbitrary…

  • tim May 4, 2018, 2:20 pm

    Agree with Infidel.
    Just like Ronny Barrett did. The LA SWAT team has a few rifles in Ronny’s Safe. 50 cal rifles are outlawed in CA. So Ronny refuses to ship them back to LA SWAT Team…..
    Move out and refuse to sell the anti-gun states the goods…..

  • tim May 4, 2018, 10:57 am

    Berger Bullets moved back to AZ. From CA.

  • Infidel762X51 May 4, 2018, 7:57 am

    They all need to move out of enemy territory. And they should refuse to sell their products to anti-gun states and cities. If it isn’t something they don’t want their subjects to own then the state should not have it either.

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