Monday, 01 February 2016 09:24
Louisiana ranks 22nd in US in gun dependency, Idaho, 1st
 
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gun constitutionDespite the political influence of the gun industry in Louisiana, with almost any legislator or Louisiana politician wanting public office, the gun industry's impact and the state's dependency is relatively insignificant compared to some other states.

 

In fact, Louisiana only ranks 22nd, with Idaho being the most dependent and Delaware, being the least.

So, says a Survey, just released by WalletHub.

Here are the state rankings and below is the commentary from WalletHub:

Overall Rank

State

Total Score

‘Firearms Industry’ Rank

‘Gun Prevalence’ Rank

‘Gun Politics’ Rank

1 Idaho 70.57 2 8 4
2 Alaska 66.61 24 2 1
3 Montana 65.34 5 5 5
4 South Dakota 61.36 8 12 2
5 Arkansas 59.90 6 7 19
6 Wyoming 59.35 19 6 3
7 New Hampshire 55.14 1 38 43
8 Minnesota 54.31 4 16 29
9 Kentucky 54.24 38 1 8
10 Alabama 51.09 41 3 11
11 North Dakota 48.40 32 10 7
12 West Virginia 48.20 49 4 22
13 Mississippi 48.15 11 15 30
14 Utah 46.06 14 20 13
15 Indiana 45.50 43 9 26
16 Oregon 45.29 7 33 35
17 Colorado 44.26 12 18 37
18 South Carolina 43.88 26 17 17
19 Kansas 43.53 17 26 6
20 Connecticut 43.43 3 41 47
21 Tennessee 42.58 39 13 24
22 Louisiana 42.36 45 14 15
23 Missouri 41.80 21 21 18
24 Wisconsin 40.54 16 23 36
25 Vermont 40.52 13 36 31
26 Nebraska 40.45 10 44 14
27 New Mexico 39.90 50 11 23
28 Texas 39.53 34 24 16
29 Oklahoma 39.52 48 19 9
30 Illinois 39.47 18 22 40
31 Iowa 39.46 23 32 12
32 Arizona 39.39 20 34 20
33 Nevada 37.22 47 25 10
34 Pennsylvania 37.19 36 28 25
35 Florida 36.40 33 27 34
36 Georgia 36.30 37 31 28
37 North Carolina 36.02 22 37 32
38 Massachusetts 36.01 9 45 41
39 Virginia 35.88 35 35 27
40 Ohio 33.43 40 42 21
41 District of Columbia 33.37 15 47 33
42 Washington 33.18 31 29 48
43 Hawaii 32.88 46 30 38
44 Maine 32.83 27 40 46
45 Michigan 31.43 25 39 49
46 California 29.85 28 43 44
47 Maryland 26.12 44 46 42
48 New York 24.10 29 49 45
49 New Jersey 22.83 42 50 39
50 Rhode Island 19.55 30 51 50
51 Delaware 6.28 51 48 51
     

As mass shootings and police-brutality incidents spawn a constant stream of headlines, the American right to bear arms has grown to become one of the hardest conversations of our time. But the impact of guns on the nation’s coffers is another matter of debate.

On one side of the coin, the gun industry plays an important role in the U.S. economy. By oneestimate, firearms and ammunitions contributed a total of nearly $43 billion to the economy in 2014. That figure accounts for more than 263,000 jobs that paid $13.7 billion in total wages, according to the report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. In the same year, federal and state governments collected from the industry more than $5.79 billion in business taxes, plus an additional $863.7 million in federal excise duties.

But the losses from gun violence certainly put those gains in perspective. A recent analysis by Mother Jones estimated the cost of fatal and nonfatal gun violence at $229 billion in 2012. According to the authors of the report, that toll “would have been $47 billion more than Apple's 2014 worldwide revenue and $88 billion more than what the US government budgeted for education that year.”

In light of the recent changes to state gun legislations and President Barack Obama’s executive orders on gun control, WalletHub’s analysts took a closer look at the arms and ammunitions industry in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine which among them depends most on gun business both directly for jobs and political contributions and indirectly through firearm ownership. Scroll down for the results, additional expert commentary and our detailed methodology.

For even more information, click here

 

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