Report: Hawaiʻi Ranks 45th in Nation for Gun Dependency

March 22, 2018, 10:00 AM HST
* Updated March 20, 1:32 PM
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Hawaiʻi is among the least gun-dependent states in the nation, according to 2018’s States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry, a report released by the online finance website Wallethub.

Amid rising debates on gun restrictions following the Parkland school shootings on Feb. 14, 2018 that claimed the lives of 17 people, WalletHub compared the economic impact of guns across the 50 U.S. states to determine which lean most heavily on firearms.

The Aloha State ranked 45th in the nation for overall dependency on the gun industry. The analysis looked at firearms industry jobs and political contributions, as well as individual gun ownership statistics.

According to the study results, Hawaiʻi’s dependence on the gun industry compared with the rest of the nation ranked as follows (1=most dependent; 25=average; 50=least dependent):

  • 49th – Firearms industry jobs per capita
  • 43rd – Average firearms industry wages and benefits
  • 50th – Total firearms industry output per capita
  • 46th – Total taxes paid by firearms industry per capita
  • 50th – NICS background checks per capita
  • 27th – Gun control contributions to congressional members per capita
  • 45th – Gun rights contributions to congressional members per capita

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