With gun sales still in decline since President Donald Trump took office and with the recent Parkland school shooting prompting more debates on the gun industry, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry.

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 dataset ranges from firearms industry jobs per capita to gun sales per 1,000 residents to gun ownership rate.

Source: WalletHub

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

  • 49th – Gun Ownership Rate
  • 46th – Firearms-Industry Jobs per Capita
  • 46th – Total Firearms-Industry Output per Capita
  • 47th – Total Taxes Paid by Firearms Industry per Capita
  • 47th – NICS Background Checks per Capita
  • 44th – Gun-Control Contributions to Congressional Members per Capita
  • 45th – Gun-Rights Contributions to Congressional Members per Capita

For the full report, visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/states-most-dependent-on-the-gun-industry/18719/  

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