Gun sales have gone way down since President Trump’s election, due in large part to the fact that the new President is much more friendly towards our Constitutional rights than the last one was. However, that dip in sales could end up having a negative effect on the economy in some states that have become more reliant on gun manufacturing. The folks at Wallethub wondered which states would be most impacted by the drop in sales, and what they found is unsurprising:
The 10 states that are MOST dependent on the gun industry are:
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
The 10 states that are LEAST dependent on the gun industry are:
- Rhode Island
- New York
- New Jersey
To figure out which states are the most dependent on gun manufacturing and sales, WalletHub surveyed the states and did some basic math – here’s their methodology:
In order to identify the states that most and least depend on the gun industry for economic stability, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: 1) Firearms Industry, 2) Gun Prevalence and 3) Gun Politics.
We evaluated those dimensions using 13 relevant metrics… Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the “most gun-industry-dependent” state.
We then calculated the overall score for each state and the District based on its weighted average across all metrics and used the resulting scores to construct our final ranking.
Scroll over the map to see each state’s ranking and check out the interesting infographic below the map for more detailed info.