It should come as no surprise that the state of Wyoming is one of the most gun reliant states in the U.S. A recent WalletHub study analyzed the economic impact of guns on each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine which among them leans most heavily on the gun business both directly for jobs and political contributions and indirectly through ownership.
According to their findings, Wyoming ranked 2nd in the nation overall behind Alaska. The Cowboy State ranked 5th in the Firearms Industry category, 3rd in Gun Prevalence and 1st in Gun Politics.
Montana, South Dakota and Idaho round out the top 5, respectively. Utah was 14th on the list, Nebraska was 20th.
Gun sales are down since Donald Trump won the White House. And while that’s good news to some, it could be a bad sign for state economies relying heavily on the firearms industry. By one estimate, guns contributed more than $51 billion to the nation’s coffers and generated nearly $7.4 billion in federal and state taxes in 2016.