Texas Tops in Creating Gun Company Jobs in 2021, California a Close Second

Texas and California ranked first and second in the nation when it comes to how many gun-making jobs they created last year, the National Shooting Sports Foundation's latest impact report said.

The firearms industry created over 14,000 jobs in Texas, with more than an additional 17,000 jobs indirectly created by the industry, the report said. In California, just over 13,000 jobs were directly created with more than 16,000 indirectly created. The economic outputs of both states also topped the list, with Texas creating more than $2 billion worth of firearms and California totaling more than $1.7 billion.

The two states fall on opposite ends of the gun-control spectrum, with California having the country's most restrictive gun laws and Texas having some of the most lenient laws, according to World Population Review.

Earlier this year, California Governor Gavin Newsom backed legislation that would allow Californians to sue gunmakers to enforce the state's assault weapons ban, taking inspiration from Texas' law allowing citizens to sue abortion providers.

In a February statement, Newsom said California would "lead the fight to end gun violence."

"It's time to go on the offensive with new measures that empower individuals to hold irresponsible and negligent gun industry actors to account, crack down on shameful advertising that targets our kids and more," Newsom said. "This is not about attacking law-abiding gun owners—it's about stopping the tragic violence ravaging communities across the country."

In Texas, a law passed last year allows residents to carry guns without a license, meaning anyone over the age of 21 who is not prohibited by law from owning a gun is allowed to have guns and to carry them anywhere that they are not expressly prohibited.

While Texas and California topped the list in sheer numbers, New Hampshire and Wyoming ranked first and second, respectively, in terms of total jobs and economic output per capita, the report added. Both of these states have some of the most lenient gun laws in the country, World Population Review reported.

When looking at gun deaths, Wyoming falls well above the national average, while New Hampshire, California and Texas all fall below it, World Population Review added. In fact, California boasts the seventh-lowest gun death rate in the U.S.

According to the report, an estimated 5.4 million people became gun owners in 2021, adding that the gun industry has created more than 375,000 jobs since the recession of 2008.

"The economic growth America's firearm and ammunition industry has experienced in recent years has been nothing short of remarkable and has been driven by an unprecedented number of Americans choosing to exercise their fundamental right to keep and bear arms," it said.

Update 04/01/22 3:40 p.m. ET: This story was updated to add more information and background.

Texas and California Have Most Gun-making Jobs
A report found that Texas and California were the top two creators of gun-making jobs in 2021. Above, this undated photo shows a gun buyback program at LAPD headquarters in Los Angeles. Photo by Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images