Guns and money
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By one estimate, 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.

In fact, the gun industry may have a bigger impact on some states than others. WalletHub staffer Richie Bernardo takes a look at gun economics and composes a list of which states relies most on the gun industry.

Bernardo and his teem collects data from 50 states and the District of Columbia on gun business both directly for jobs, political contributions, and indirectly through firearm ownership. Total taxes paid by firearms industry have also been taken into consideration.

The top 10 states whose economies depend on the gun industry are: Idaho, Alaska, Montana, South Dakota, Arkansas, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Alabama.

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