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With gun control legislation continuing to be a daily topic in the mainstream media, has released its list of states which are the most dependent on the gun industry.

The report took 16 key metrics into account including the number of firearms industry jobs per capita, gun sales per one-thousand residents and gun ownership rate.

How does the Show-Me State rank…? According to the WalletHub report, Missouri is the 9th most dependent state on the arms and ammunitions industry, both, directly for jobs and political contributions.

Among the individual metrics, Missouri ranked from 10th for gun ownership to 30th for average wages and benefits within the firearms industry.

Overall, Idaho was identified as the most dependent state while Rhode Island was ranked as the least dependent state on the firearms industry.


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With gun sales down 12.6% year-over-year but the U.S. having experienced at least four mass shootings every week in 2022, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry, as well as accompanying videos and audio files.

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

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

  • 10th – Gun Ownership Rate
  • 21st – Firearms-Industry Jobs per Capita
  • 30th – Avg. Firearms-Industry Wages & Benefits
  • 22nd – Total Firearms-Industry Output per Capita
  • 23rd – Total Taxes Paid by Firearms Industry per Capita
  • 22nd – NICS Background Checks per Capita
  • 13th – Gun-Control Contributions to Congressional Members per Capita
  • 14th – Gun-Rights Contributions to Congressional Members per Capita

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