This is How Much the Federal Government Makes from Gun Sales in West Virginia


America’s gun industry is booming. Over 11.3 million firearms were manufactured in the United States in 2020, more than double the 5.6 million produced in 2010, and nearly triple the 3.9 million guns manufactured in 2000, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Surging demand for firearms has been a boon not only for the balance sheets of American gun makers, but also government coffers.

Between sporting arms and ammunition companies and supporting sectors, the American firearm industry generated $70.5 billion in economic output in 2021, according to the advocacy group The Firearm Industry Trade Association. The federal government also levied $4.6 billion in business taxes from the gun industry in 2021, up 84% from a decade earlier. The firearm industry in some states accounts for a far larger share of government firearm tax revenue than others.

The federal government collected $11.0 million in business tax revenue from the firearm industry in West Virginia in 2021. Adjusting for population, this comes out to about $6 per state resident, the eighth lowest among the 50 states.

Overall, West Virginia’s firearm and ammunition industry, including supporting sectors, employed 1,702 people in 2021. The industry generated $218.5 million in total economic output, or $123 per capita, the seventh lowest per capita figure among states.

All data in this report is from the 2022 Firearm and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report from The Firearm Industry Trade Association.

Rank State Per capita fed. business tax revenue from gun industry, 2021 ($) Gun industry economic output per capita, 2021 ($) Total gun industry jobs, 2021
1 New Hampshire 146.37 1,960 9,950
2 Wyoming 67.36 1,190 3,672
3 Idaho 52.83 887 6,999
4 Arkansas 42.00 835 10,426
5 Minnesota 36.97 488 11,680
6 Oregon 31.68 420 8,952
7 Connecticut 29.96 400 5,264
8 Utah 27.67 398 8,893
9 Massachusetts 27.58 407 10,151
10 Arizona 24.77 320 11,933
11 South Dakota 23.22 416 1,842
12 Maine 21.53 305 3,523
13 Nebraska 19.47 338 3,325
14 Montana 18.90 332 2,454
15 Mississippi 17.22 315 4,737
16 North Carolina 15.20 238 13,017
17 Vermont 15.02 224 828
18 Pennsylvania 14.93 206 18,891
19 Illinois 14.51 226 13,051
20 Washington 14.44 180 8,166
21 South Carolina 13.63 238 6,789
22 Colorado 13.33 175 6,712
23 Missouri 12.97 203 7,899
24 Ohio 12.49 201 15,256
25 Michigan 12.29 187 11,759
26 Florida 11.92 159 22,332
27 Nevada 11.85 165 3,201
28 Wisconsin 11.51 210 6,661
29 Texas 11.20 189 31,632
30 Tennessee 10.57 161 7,097
31 Kentucky 10.48 189 5,101
32 Maryland 10.13 144 4,286
33 California 9.70 133 29,082
34 Virginia 9.47 150 7,424
35 Georgia 9.20 165 9,045
36 New Jersey 8.32 114 5,174
37 Alaska 8.30 165 1,029
38 Alabama 8.25 147 5,247
39 Rhode Island 8.22 166 826
40 New York 7.85 128 10,150
41 Iowa 6.98 151 2,779
42 Louisiana 6.20 134 3,615
43 West Virginia 6.18 123 1,702
44 North Dakota 5.76 103 652
45 Indiana 5.55 138 5,021
46 Oklahoma 5.14 104 2,702
47 Kansas 4.35 198 2,133
48 New Mexico 4.11 77 1,442
49 Hawaii 3.49 51 578
50 Delaware 2.86 73 503

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