Gun reform: These states are the most dependent on the firearms industry

WalletHub ranked all 50 states by how dependent they are on the gun industry.

The most dependent state on the gun industry was Idaho, followed by Wyoming and Kentucky.

While other states like California are among the largest producers overall in the gun industry

In terms of gun politics, northern states like Wyoming, Nebraska, and the Dakotas have the highest gun rights contributions to congressional members and no gun control contributions.

New York, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Rhode Island were the least dependent on the gun industry, the analysis found.

In any case, the gun industry in the United States is an anomaly compared to other nations.

Overall, the U.S. has an estimated 393.3 million firearms — an average of 120.5 guns per 100 residents.

The firearms industry has also continued to grow over the past decade. According to National Shooting Sports Foundation's (NSSF) 2022 economic impact report,

the industry created 375,000 U.S. jobs, $21 billion in wages, and over $70 billion in economic output since 2008.

Political polarization has made it difficult for gun reform laws to be passed, though President Biden signed a $13 billion gun safety bill into law on June 25