- Shayanne Gal/Business Insider
- Each US state differs in its attitudes toward guns.
- Careers site Zippia ranked each state according to how good it is for the firearm industry.
- Southern states ranked much higher than Northeastern states, with Alabama taking the top spot and Rhode Island coming in 50th.
The United States is generally considered the most gun-friendly country in the world – by a wide margin. Americans own nearly half of all the civilian-owned guns in the world, and there are even more guns than people.
But within the US, each state differs in its approach to the gun industry.
Careers site Zippia ranked each US state according to how good it is for the gun industry. The site found that based on a few key metrics, including the number of gun-industry jobs available and legal regulations on the industry, not every state is as welcoming to firearms as America’s reputation would suggest.
Zippia looked at four metrics for its ranking:
- The number of jobs available in the gun industry in each state, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
- Statewide regulations on the gun industry, including legal regulations on the industry and the percentage of federal excise tax each state gets from firearm sales
- Gun culture in each state, including statistics on gun ownership per capita and the percentage of homes with guns
- General labor statistics, including average employee salary and whether states are right-to-work
Many of the friendliest states to the gun industry, in terms of regulations and employment environment, are in the South, Zippia found, with Alabama topping the list and Arkansas and Georgia rounding out the top three. Florida and Louisiana also made appearances in the top 10.
Meanwhile, many of the worst states for the gun industry were in the Northeast, including the number 50 entrant, Rhode Island, and New Jersey and Vermont, which finished 49th and 48th, respectively. New York, Maine, and Massachusetts also landed in the bottom 10.
Here are the full rankings, from most to least friendly to the industry:
- New Mexico
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
- New York
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island