Home Economy Firearms industry shoots $1.2B into Connecticut economy

Firearms industry shoots $1.2B into Connecticut economy

More than 4,900 Connecticut-based employees tied to the industry in 2016.

The firearms industry generated approximately $1.245 billion in economic activity in Connecticut during 2016, according to data released by the Newtown-based National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF).

During 2016, 2,126 people in Connecticut worked directly for a firearm or ammunition manufacturer, 1,100 suppliers worked in some aspect of the gun industry and another 1,690 indirect jobs were connected to the industry

The NSSF reported the firearms industry’s input into the U.S. economy grew from $49.3 billion in 2015 to $51.3 billion in 2016. More than 141,000 people were employed by the manufacturers, distributors and vendors of guns and ammunition, while another 160,000 were employed in supplier and ancillary industries.

“Our industry is proud of its strong contribution to our economy as a growing number of Americans have chosen to exercise their fundamental right to keep and bear arms and to safely enjoy the shooting sports,” said Stephen L. Sanetti, NSSF president and CEO.

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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