POMPANO BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 23: A customer compares handguns before buying one as a Christmas present at the National Armory gun store on December 23, 2015 in Pompano Beach, Florida. F.B.I. stats indicate that gun sales have increased dramatically this year, as reports indicate that firearms are a popular choice for a holiday present.

While gun sales are lower in 2022 they are still well higher than in pre-pandemic times. And while guns are a hotly debated topic with strong feelings on both sides of the issue, guns are an important part of some states’ economies. A continued decline in sales could strain certain states. And South Carolina is one state that relies on the gun industry.

Gun control is always a high-profile political issue, but maybe, even more, this year. So far there are well over 200 mass shootings that have taken place in the US. The world watched in horror as a gunman entered a Texas elementary school. After such issues, calls are being made for stricter gun control. I won’t pretend to know what will fix this issue we clearly have in this country. I do believe it’s more complex than just passing laws and that the issue runs deeper in society. But enough about politics- you don’t care about my political opinion nor should you.

The recent events and calls for reform led WalletHub to determine the states most reliant on the firearm industry. WalletHub compared the economic impact of guns on each of the 50 states across three key dimensions: 1) Firearms Industry, 2) Gun Prevalence, and 3) Gun Politics.

Read the full study here or keep reading to see where North and South Carolina rank as far as being dependent on the gun industry.

  • 1. Idaho

    Idaho

    Total Score: 85.11

    Firearms Industry: 1

    Gun Prevalence: 8

    Gun Politics: 5

  • 2. Wyoming

    Total Score: 81.09

    Firearms Industry: 4

    Gun Prevalence: 9

    Gun Politics: 1

  • 3. Kentucky

    Kentucky

    Total Score: 75.67

    Firearms Industry: 20

    Gun Prevalence: 1

    Gun Politics: 6

  • 4. South Dakota

    South Dakota

    Total Score: 75.19

    Firearms Industry: 6

    Gun Prevalence: 12

    Gun Politics: 1

  • 5. Montana

    Montana

    Total Score: 74.27

    Firearms Industry: 5

    Gun Prevalence: 2

    Gun Politics: 21

  • 6. Arkansas

    Total Score: 72.61

    Firearms Industry: 3

    Gun Prevalence: 19

    Gun Politics: 11

  • 7. Alaska

    Alaska

    Total Score: 65.62

    Firearms Industry: 14

    Gun Prevalence: 24

    Gun Politics: 8

  • 8. North Dakota

    North Dakota

    Total Score: 64.57

    Firearms Industry: 19

    Gun Prevalence: 25

    Gun Politics: 1

  • 9. Missouri

    Missouri

    Total Score: 64.36

    Firearms Industry: 15

    Gun Prevalence: 11

    Gun Politics: 12

  • 10. Oklahoma

    Oklahoma

    Total Score: 64.10

    Firearms Industry: 30

    Gun Prevalence: 7

    Gun Politics: 9

  • 11. Tennessee

    Tennessee

    Total Score: 63.52

    Firearms Industry: 22

    Gun Prevalence: 3

    Gun Politics: 18

  • 12. Alabama

    Alabama

    Total Score: 62.4

    Firearms Industry: 27

    Gun Prevalence: 5

    Gun Politics: 14

  • 13. South Carolina

    South Carolina

    Total Score: 61.71

    Firearms Industry: 18

    Gun Prevalence: 15

    Gun Politics: 10

  • 14. Utah

    Winter daytime shot of Salt Lake City. Featured is the temple from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or the Mormons

    Total Score: 60.47

    Firearms Industry: 7

    Gun Prevalence: 31

    Gun Politics: 17

  • 15. Nebraska

    Nebraska

    Total Score: 59.53

    Firearms Industry: 16

    Gun Prevalence: 41

    Gun Politics: 1

  • 16. West Virginia

    West Virginia

    Total Score: 59.52

    Firearms Industry: 31

    Gun Prevalence: 14

    Gun Politics: 13

  • 17. Indiana

    Indiana

    Total Score: 59.39

    Firearms Industry: 31

    Gun Prevalence: 14

    Gun Politics: 13

  • 18. Louisiana

    New Orleans

    Total Score: 58.89

    Firearms Industry: 33

    Gun Prevalence: 33

    Gun Politics: 7

  • 19. Mississippi

    Mississippi

    Total Score: 58.25

    Firearms Industry: 12

    Gun Prevalence: 21

    Gun Politics: 16

  • 20. Kansas

    Kansas City kansas

    Total Score: 56.04

    Firearms Industry: 13

    Gun Prevalence: 17

    Gun Politics: 25

  • 21. New Hampshire

    New Hampshire

    Total Score: 54.57

    Firearms Industry: 2

    Gun Prevalence: 6

    Gun Politics: 49

  • 22. Minnesota

    Minnesota

    Total Score: 52.39

    Firearms Industry: 10

    Gun Prevalence: 13

    Gun Politics: 34

  • 23. Maine

    Maine

    Total Score: 52.33

    Firearms Industry: 8

    Gun Prevalence: 26

    Gun Politics: 33

  • 24. Wisconsin

    Wisconsin

    Total Score: 52.24

    Firearms Industry: 38

    Gun Prevalence: 16

    Gun Politics: 23

  • 25. Oregon

    Oregon

    Total Score: 52.22

    Firearms Industry: 11

    Gun Prevalence: 18

    Gun Politics: 28

  • 26. North Carolina

    North Carolina

    Total Score: 52.16

    Firearms Industry: 21

    Gun Prevalence: 32

    Gun Politics: 22

  • 27. Ohio

    Ohio

    Total Score: 52.10

    Firearms Industry: 26

    Gun Prevalence: 22

    Gun Politics: 24

  • 28. Iowa

    Iowa

    Total Score: 50.17

    Firearms Industry: 28

    Gun Prevalence: 38

    Gun Politics: 15

  • 29. Texas

    Texas

    Total Score: 50.15

    Firearms Industry: 17

    Gun Prevalence: 40

    Gun Politics: 19

  • 30. Pennsylvania

    Pennsylvania

    Total Score: 47.07

    Firearms Industry: 25

    Gun Prevalence: 30

    Gun Politics: 27

  • 31. Vermont

    Vermont

    Total Score: 46.69

    Firearms Industry: 36

    Gun Prevalence: 10

    Gun Politics: 31

  • 32. Arizona

    Chandler AZ

    Total Score: 41.67

    Firearms Industry: 9

    Gun Prevalence: 28

    Gun Politics: 48

  • 33. Washington

    Seattle

    Total Score: 40.13

    Firearms Industry: 39

    Gun Prevalence: 36

    Gun Politics: 29

  • 34. Michigan

    Michigan

    Total Score: 40.07

    Firearms Industry: 34

    Gun Prevalence: 39

    Gun Politics: 35

  • 35. Florida

    Florida

    Total Score: 38.22

    Firearms Industry: 41

    Gun Prevalence: 42

    Gun Politics: 26

  • 36. Colorado

    Colorado Springs

    Total Score: 37.47

    Firearms Industry: 24

    Gun Prevalence: 27

    Gun Politics: 44

  • 37. Nevada

    Nevada

    Total Score: 34.92

    Firearms Industry: 24

    Gun Prevalence: 27

    Gun Politics: 44

  • 38. New Mexico

    Albuquerque, NM

    Total Score: 34.64

    Firearms Industry: 42

    Gun Prevalence: 20

    Gun Politics: 41

  • 39. Illinois

    Illinois

    Total Score: 34.17

    Firearms Industry: 46

    Gun Prevalence: 23

    Gun Politics: 37

  • 40. Delaware

    Delaware

    Total Score: 31.93

    Firearms Industry: 43

    Gun Prevalence: 29

    Gun Politics: 40

  • 41. Virginia

    Virginia

    Total Score: 31.29

    Firearms Industry: 37

    Gun Prevalence: 35

    Gun Politics: 46

  • 42. Georgia

    Georgia

    Total Score: 30.88

    Firearms Industry: 35

    Gun Prevalence: 37

    Gun Politics: 47

  • 43. Connecticut

    Bridgeport

    Total Score: 29.94

    Firearms Industry: 29

    Gun Prevalence: 43

    Gun Politics: 43

  • 44. Massachusetts

    Boston

    Total Score: 27.69

    Firearms Industry: 40

    Gun Prevalence: 47

    Gun Politics: 39

  • 45. Maryland

    Maryland

    Total Score: 25.48

    Firearms Industry: 44

    Gun Prevalence: 45

    Gun Politics: 32

  • 46. California

    California

    Total Score: 23.78

    Firearms Industry: 49

    Gun Prevalence: 44

    Gun Politics: 38

  • 47. New York

    New York city

    Total Score: 22.16

    Firearms Industry: 47

    Gun Prevalence: 48

    Gun Politics: 36

  • 48. Hawaii

    Honolulu

    Total Score: 16.23

    Firearms Industry: 50

    Gun Prevalence: 50

    Gun Politics: 30

  • 49. New Jersey

    New Jersey

    Total Score: 14.86

    Firearms Industry: 48

    Gun Prevalence: 49

    Gun Politics: 42

  • 50. Rhode Island

    Rhode Island

    Total Score: 11.57

    Firearms Industry: 45

    Gun Prevalence: 46

    Gun Politics: 49