Kentucky 6th most dependent state on gun industry

03/19/2018 10:07 AM

Guns have a major economic impact in Kentucky, according to a new study from WalletHub.

The study found Kentucky is the sixth most dependent state on the gun industry. The study compared the economic impact of each state to determine which leans most heavily on the gun business, both directly for jobs and political contributions as well as indirectly through ownership.

Kentucky came in first in the “gun prevalence” category, meaning guns play a major part in the lives of Kentuckians. The study found that Kentucky was tied with Indiana and Minnesota for the highest National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background checks per capita. The gun prevalence category also took into account the gun ownership rate, gun ads for private buying and selling and Google searches for gun sales. While overall Kentucky was categorized as 1, or most dependent, in this category, the state came in 14th for gun ownership in the country.

Kentucky politicians receive some of the highest contributions from gun rights advocates as compared to other states. Kentucky ranked seventh for the most gun-rights contributions to congressional members per capita. As far as contributions from gun-control groups, Kentucky politicians are on par with other states coming in at 23rd.

The state found to be most dependent on guns was Idaho, and Maryland was ranked the least dependent.

To view the full study click here. .

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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