Firearms and Ammunition industry Economic Impact Report 2010 National Shooting Sports Foundation速
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and enjoyment of the outdoors.
sible use of their products, and pro-
Foundation (NSSF) is the
NSSF has led the way in promoting
moting a political climate supportive
trade association for the firearms
responsible ownership of firearms.
of America’s traditional firearms
industry. Its mission is to promote,
NSSF concentrates its efforts on
protect and preserve hunting and
rights. NSSF’s expanding government
the shooting sports. Formed in
relations program responds to the
1961, NSSF has a membership of
ever-changing political environment
more than 5,500 manufacturers,
that threatens the future of hunting,
distributors, firearms retailers,
recreational shooting, our firearms
shooting ranges, sportsmen’s
freedoms, and our industry’s well-
organizations and publishers.
being. NSSF works on both state and
For more than 200 years,
measurably advancing participation
federal level issues, along with work-
America’s firearms and ammunition
in and understanding of hunting
ing with many regulatory agencies,
industry has made products that
and the shooting sports; reaffirming
to protect the firearms industry and
have been part of our country’s
and strengthening our members’
make sure their business interests
tradition of freedom, self-reliance
commitment to the safe and respon-
are appropriately represented.
The Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report his report details the signifi-
years has been nothing short of re-
cant economic impact the
markable. Over the past couple of
firearms and ammunition industry
years, the industry’s growth has
turers and sportsmen around the
has on the nation's and each state’s
been driven by an unprecedented
nation, takes great pride in support-
economy. The economic growth
number of Americans choosing to
ing wildlife conservation efforts.
America’s firearms and ammunition
exercise their fundamental right to
Noted in the economic impact re-
industry has experienced over the
keep and bear arms and purchase a
port is the significant taxes paid by
firearm and ammunition. NSSF, representing manufac-
member companies to federal and state governments and the PittmanRobertson excise tax the industry pays on the products it sells – this tax is the major source of wildlife conservation funding in America. During difficult economic times and high unemployment rates nationally, our industry has grown and created over 17,000 new, well-paying jobs. Our industry is proud to be one of the bright spots in this economy. Take a look for yourself and see the impact we have nationally and on your home state. (See center spread.)
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The Firearms Industry Creates Jobs in America
United States companies that manufacture, distribute and sell sporting firearms, ammunition and supplies are an important part of the country’s economy. Manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and supplies, along with the companies that sell and distribute these products, provide well paying jobs in America and pay significant amounts in tax to the state and Federal governments.
Economic Impact of The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Industry in The United States
Jobs (FTE) Wages
$3,273,440,000 $2,177,863,000 $2,759,578,000 $8,210,881,000
Economic $11,266,678,500 $7,384,202,800 $9,195,424,100 $27,846,304,300 Impact
The Firearms & Ammunition Industry is an Important Part of America’s Economy Companies in the United States that manufacture, distribute and sell firearms, ammunition and hunting equipment employ as many as 88,200 people in the country and generate an additional 95,250 jobs in supplier and ancillary industries. These include jobs in companies supplying goods and services to manufacturers, distributors and retailers, as well as those that depend on sales to workers in the firearms and ammunition industry.  These are good jobs, paying an average of $44,765 in wages and benefits. And today, every job is important.
The Economic Benefit of The Industry Spreads Throughout the Country Not only does the manufacture and sale of firearms and hunting supplies create good jobs in the United States but the industry also contributes to the economy as a whole. In fact, in 2009 the firearms and ammunition industry was responsible for as much as $27.8 billion in total economic activity in the country.
Taxes Generated in the United States The Country Also Benefits from the Taxes Paid by the Industry Not only does the firearms and ammunition industry create jobs, it also generates sizable tax revenues. In the United States the industry and its employees pay over $1.9 billion in taxes including property, income, and sales based levies. 
Tax Impact Federal Taxes State Taxes Total Taxes
Business Taxes $2,035,154,440 $1,909,417,793 $3,944,572,233
Excise Taxes $450,177,780 $ — $450,177,780
 John Dunham and Associates, New York, March 2010. Direct impacts include those jobs in firearms and ammunition manufacturers, as well as companies that manufacture products such as decoys, scopes, clay pigeons and targets. Direct impacts also include those resulting from the wholesale distribution and retailing of firearms and ammunition in sporting goods retailers and variety/mass merchandise stores.  This is in addition to over $2 billion in Federal business taxes and $450.2 million in Federal excise taxes. Source: John Dunham and Associates, Inc.
New York, New York 2010
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BUSINESS TAXES $1.9 billion
$2 billion $1.5 billion
Economic Contribution of Arms and Ammunition Indu ($ in thousands)
State by State Economic Impact Report
We Are The Firearms Industry ATK Security and Sporting
Lyman Products, Corp.
Beretta USA Corporation
M.K.S. Supply, Inc.
Browning Arms Company
MAGTECH Ammunition Co., Inc.
Marlin Firearms Company
Coltâ€™s Manufacturing Company LLC
O. F. Mossberg and Sons, Inc.
Olin Corporation/Winchester Division
Federal Cartridge Company
Remington Arms Company Inc.
Fiocchi of America, Inc.
Savage Arms, Inc.
FNH USA, LLC
Sierra Bullets, LLC
Freedom Arms, Inc.
Freedom Group Family of Companies
Smith & Wesson
Heckler and Koch, Inc.
St. Marks Powder, Inc.
Hodgdon Powder Company
Sturm Ruger and Company, Inc.
Hornady Mfg. Company
Taurus International Firearms
The Outdoor Connection, Inc.
Kel-Tec CNC Industries, Inc.
Leupold and Stevens, Inc.
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This report details the significant economic impact the firearms and ammunition industry has on the nation's and each state’s economy.