See Which States Depend on the Firearms Industry

A recent report by WalletHub examined which states depend on the firearms industry, and the results were surprising. To study this, the experts looked at states that needed the firearms industry for jobs and political contributions and also through the rate of firearm ownership. Take a look and see where your state ended up!

Firearm Dependency Map

Here’s an interactive map of all 50 states and Washington D.C. showing the rank of reliance on the firearms industry for jobs and political contributions. As your can see, Alaska is actually the highest rank, relying on the firearms industry the most. The least dependent? That would be another non-contiguous state, Hawai’i. Not much of a surprise there.

Source: WalletHub
Overall Rank State Total Score Firearms Industry Rank Gun Ownership Rank Political Contribution Rank
1 Alaska 80.02 6 1 1
2 Wyoming 79.68 5 3 1
3 Montana 78.91 3 2 5
4 South Dakota 73.64 4 13 1
5 Idaho 72.63 2 8 4
6 Kentucky 60.01 18 4 9
7 Kansas 59.46 8 17 6
8 Arkansas 59.15 7 9 18
9 North Dakota 58.99 15 7 7
10 Alabama 56.03 16 12 10
11 Oklahoma 55.05 20 14 8
12 New Hampshire 53.76 1 6 45
13 West Virginia 50.95 24 11 24
14 Utah 50.94 10 30 13
15 Missouri 50.87 11 27 19
16 South Carolina 49.58 28 16 17
17 Nevada 49.54 17 24 11
18 Mississippi 49.18 14 21 30
19 Vermont 48.95 29 10 29
20 Nebraska 48.57 12 37 14
21 Indiana 48.31 39 5 26
22 Tennessee 48.01 21 18 22
23 Louisiana 47.26 22 25 15
24 Arizona 47.07 13 38 20
25 Minnesota 44.73 26 20 31
26 Texas 44.06 19 35 16
27 Iowa 42.53 38 31 12
28 New Mexico 42.50 42 15 25
29 Colorado 41.56 23 19 38
30 Oregon 40.19 25 28 35
31 Pennsylvania 39.44 34 36 23
32 Ohio 39.30 31 41 21
33 Virginia 38.59 30 39 28
34 Georgia 38.44 33 40 27
35 North Carolina 37.51 27 32 34
36 Florida 36.30 32 34 33
37 Maine 36.19 9 33 46
38 Wisconsin 35.01 41 22 37
39 District of Columbia 31.89 43 46 32
40 Illinois 31.18 45 26 40
41 Washington 29.69 35 29 48
42 Hawaii 27.94 51 23 36
43 Connecticut 25.85 36 44 47
44 Massachusetts 24.61 40 47 41
45 Michigan 22.67 37 42 49
46 Maryland 20.55 46 48 42
47 California 18.78 49 45 44
48 New Jersey 16.83 50 51 39
49 New York 15.29 48 50 43
50 Delaware 15.29 44 43 50
51 Rhode Island 8.09 47 49 50

More Cool Findings

If you’ve ever talked with a statistician and stayed awake, you know they love to compare and contrast different data sets and find interesting facts. The folks at WalletHub are no different and made this cool infographic showing some really interesting comparisons between states.
State dependence on firearms inforgraphic

Where did your state end up? Tell us in the comments!

12 Comments On This Article

  1. Companies in the firearms industry should GTFO of gun-unfriendly sates, such as MA, MD, CT, NJ, and move to Right to Work, gun-supportive states, such as WY, SC, TX, AZ..

    • Durabo: On the surface, that seems reasonable. But is retreating really the right answer? Shouldn’t they stay and conduct their business in a professional manner and help educate the public on proper gun ownership?

    • Yessir! Firearms industry should move out of the non-friendly states to Texas, i.e., Gun Barrel City. We love our guns in Texas and know how to use them. Every American citizen should be required to attend a handgun basics class, followed by shooting instruction, followed by a License to Carry class.

    • Steve D. has it right. Stay and fight responsibly. I’m willing to bet most, if not all of those now-unfriendly states were once friendly. Responsible gun owners lose ground when we retreat in any instance. Don’t you think they’d enjoy a sense of victory if us undesirables left just for the sake of staying out of the way of those who don’t like them. We should be applauding them for weathering the storm and not caving. If we retreat there, where else will it happen and when? Where will it stop?

  2. The firearms industry should try to leave gun-unfriendly sates, such as MA, MD, CT, NJ, NY and move to gun-friendly states. It is not the fault of the good people that work at these companies, but any new facilities should be built in states that welcome guns. why pay taxes to state governments that will use the very same tax money to try to put you out of business?

  3. NH has a low gun ownership — That’s got to be a typo …
    There are at least 4 ranges within 15 miles of Nashua.
    And we just went constitutional carry…

  4. I’m from Oregon. Overall we’re about in the middle. We’d be on top if it wasn’t for Portland. As with Washington, the largest city runs the entire state. A fence should be put around the ultra liberal empire. They love making rules for the rest of us.

  5. I agree. Living in NJ, we have probably the most restrictive possession laws and rules. It is virtually impossible to get a carry permit, even if your life depends on it. Don’t shoot anyone invading your home if there is a way for you to run away. “Castle” does not apply here. Even though by law a gun purchase card -our ID card- is to take no more than 30 days to issue, it is common to take 6 months or more…but heaven forbid being late on your state taxes by even 1 day! Handgun purchases are limited to no more than 1 per month, by a special permit that should take only 30 days to issue , but usually takes a lot more. Hollow points? Allowed on your property but do not shoot anyone with them even on your property! One hollow point bullet in the wrong place nets you 3-5 in the state greybar hotel.

  6. According to the table Hawaii is #32, therefore NOT the least dependent state on the firearms industry. That honor appears to belong to Rhode Island at the bottom of the list, #51.

  7. Not sure how they know about gun ownership. Here in Arizona, a lot of people won’t tell any survey if they own guns. There are also an untold number of firearms (Long guns and hand guns) that were obtained, and are still being used/carried, before there was an ATF or any record keeping. Totals of gun ownership are the same throughout the south and west. No ones business.

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