A new study by WalletHub looked at how dependent each state is on the gun industry and found that West Virginia ranked 14th.
The study looked at each state’s role in the firearms industry in terms of things like how many firearms related jobs a state had, how many firearms dealers it had and the wages associated with those businesses. It also looked at the prevalence of guns in each state and how large of a role guns play in state politics.
West Virginia ranked 27th when it comes to industry connections, but seventh in gun prevalence and 19th in the political realm. The state’s fourth ranking when it comes to gun ownership drove its overall ranking. West Virginia also tied for first when it comes to the most NICS background check per capita. The NICS system happens to be based in Clarksburg. Meanwhile, the state did not score well when it comes to wages and benefits associated with the gun industry, coming 49th.
Idaho, Alaska, South Dakota, Wyoming and Arkansas were the five most dependent states, while Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey were the least, according to the study.