More than 100,000 Gun-Related Jobs Created Under the Obama Administration
At least one industry is flourishing under the Obama administration.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has released a new report that reveals more than 100,000 jobs in gun-related industries were created in the last 7 years.
The NSSF reports that in 2008 the number of jobs in firearms-related industries was 166,200. In 2015 that number jumped to 287,986, for an additional 121,786 jobs or an increase of 73%.
The oft-demonized industry not only provides employment but well-compensated employment. The average employee in the firearms industry earns $50,180 in wages and benefits.
Several factors have influenced the growth of the industry. “Our retailer surveys have shown for several years that about one-quarter of the customers in their stores are first-time gun buyers,” Mike Bazinet, NSSF spokesman, said. “About a third of them are now women. The Supreme Court decisions in the landmark Heller and McDonald cases reaffirming the individual right to keep and bear arms has played a role as every state now has a mechanism to issue concealed carry permits.”
There has also been a concerted effort to welcome new shooters into the mix.