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With gun sales declining since President Donald Trump took office, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’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’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across eight key metrics. The data set ranges from firearms industry jobs per capita to gun sales per 1,000 residents to gun ownership rate.

Source: WalletHub

Key Stats

• Alaska has the highest gun ownership rate, 61.7 percent, 11.9 times higher than in Delaware, which has the lowest at 5.2 percent.

• Idaho has the most firearms-industry jobs per 10,000 residents, 39.85, 20.6 times more than in New Jersey, which has the fewest at 1.93.

• The District of Columbia has the highest average firearms-industry wages and benefits, $348,325, 10.2 times higher than in New Mexico, which has the lowest at $34,232.

• New Hampshire has the highest total firearms-industry output per capita, $722.92, 129.3 times higher than in the District of Columbia, which has the lowest at $5.59.

• Wyoming has the highest total taxes paid by the firearms industry per capita, $7.76, 14.9 times higher than in New York, which has lowest at $0.52.

States Most Dependent on Gun Industry

1 Alaska

2 Wyoming

3 Montana

4 South Dakota

5 Idaho

6 Kentucky

7 Kansas

8 Arkansas

9 North Dakota

10 Alabama

States Least Dependent on Gun Industry

41 Hawaii

42 Connecticut

43 Massachusetts

44 Michigan

45 Maryland

46 California

47 New Jersey

48 New York

49 Delaware

50 Rhode Island

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