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Here’s How Much the Federal Government Makes Selling Weapons in Texas

America’s gun industry is booming. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, more than 11.3 million firearms were manufactured in the United States in 2020, more than double the 5.6 million produced in 2010 and almost triple exceeds 3.9 million units produced in 2000. The growing demand for firearms has been a boon not only to the balance sheets of American gun manufacturers, but also to the public treasury.

In 2021, the US firearms industry generated $70.5 billion in economic output between sporting guns and ammunition companies and ancillary sectors, according to advocacy group The Firearm Industry Trade Association. The federal government also levied $4.6 billion in taxes on gun manufacturing businesses in 2021, up 84% from a decade earlier. The firearms industry in some states accounts for a much larger share of state firearms tax revenue than in others.

In 2021, the federal government collected $330.7 million in tax revenue from firearms manufacturing in Texas. Adjusted for population, this is about $11 per state resident, the 22nd lowest of the 50 states.

Overall, the Texas firearms and ammunition industry, including support sectors, employed 31,632 people in 2021. The industry’s total output was $5.6 billion, or $189 per capita, the 25th highest per capita among states.

All data in this report is taken from the 2022 Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report prepared by the Firearms Trade Association.

classify State Fed per capita. Arms industry tax revenue 2021 ($) Arms industry output per capita, 2021 ($) Total Arms Industry Jobs 2021
1 New Hampshire 146.37 1960 9950
2 Wyoming 67.36 1190 3672
3 Idaho 52.83 887 6999
four Arkansas 42.00 835 10 426
five Minnesota 36.97 488 11 680
6 Oregon 31.68 420 8952
7 Connecticut 29.96 400 5264
8 Utah 27.67 398 8893
nine Massachusetts 27.58 407 10 151
10 Arizona 24.77 320 11 933
eleven North Dakota 23.22 416 1842
12 Maine 21.53 305 3523
13 Nebraska 19.47 338 3325
fourteen Montana 18.90 332 2454
15 Mississippi 17.22 315 4737
sixteen North Carolina 15.20 238 13 017
17 Vermont 15.02 224 828
eighteen Pennsylvania 14.93 206 18 891
nineteen Illinois 14.51 226 13 051
20 Washington 14.44 180 8166
21 South Carolina 13.63 238 6789
22 Colorado 13.33 175 6712
23 Missouri 12.97 203 7899
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 3201
28 Wisconsin 11.51 210 6661
29 Texas 11.20 189 31 632
thirty Tennessee 10.57 161 7097
31 Kentucky 10.48 189 5101
32 Maryland 10.13 144 4286
33 California 9.70 133 29 082
34 Virginia 9.47 150 7424
35 Georgia 9.20 165 9045
36 New Jersey 8.32 114 5174
37 Alaska 8.30 165 1029
38 Alabama 8.25 147 5247
39 Rhode Island 8.22 166 826
40 New York 7.85 128 10 150
41 Iowa 6.98 151 2779
42 Louisiana 6.20 134 3615
43 west virginia 6.18 123 1702
44 North Dakota 5.76 103 652
45 Indiana 5.55 138 5021
46 Oklahoma 5.14 104 2702
47 Kansas 4.35 198 2133
48 New Mexico 4.11 77 1442
49 Hawaii 3.49 51 578
50 Delaware 2.86 73 503

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