Preserves and producers play pivotal role in economic powerhouse

On the heels of research revealing that America’s game bird farms and hunting preserves contribute nearly $1.7 billion to the U.S. economy, a new study shows the overall firearms industry—including selling guns, ammunition and other hunting gear at preserves—pumps another $49 billion into the national lifeline.

Released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a longtime ally of the North American Gamebird Association, the report “Economic Impact of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Industry” also provides a snapshot of an industry on the rise.

The total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $49.3 billion in 2015, a 158 percent increase, while the total number of full-time equivalent jobs rose from approximately 166,000 to almost 288,000, a 73 percent increase in that period.

On a year-over-year basis, the industry’s economic impact rose from $43 billion in 2014 to $49.3 in 2015, a nearly 15 percent increase while total jobs increased from approximately 263,000 to almost 288,000, a 9 percent increase in the same period.

“Our industry is proud to be one of the truly bright spots in our economy as an unprecedented number of Americans have chosen to exercise their fundamental right to keep and bear arms and to safely enjoy the shooting sports,” said Stephen L. Sanetti, NSSF president and chief executive officer.

“In response to that dynamic, we have increased our direct workforce by about 21,000 in the last two years alone, adding jobs that pay an average of more than $50,000 in wages and benefits,” he continued. “In addition, since 2008 we increased federal tax payments by 144 percent, Pittman-Robertson excise taxes that support wildlife conservation by 92 percent and state business taxes by 96 percent.”

By selling guns, ammunition and other hunting equipment, as well as providing a place for people to participate in the shooting sports, shooting preserves play a critical role in supporting this valuable industry, as do the game bird producers who supply pheasants, quail and other birds to these facilities.

For more information on the report, CLICK HERE.

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