News in brief: USA guns boom

The US gun trade is buoyant, with the industry nearly doubling in size in the last five years.

NSSF figures show that the firearms industry now contributes some $37bn to the US economy – up from $19bn in 2008.

Directly it contributes more than 110,000 jobs; the NSSF quotes another 130,000 equivalent jobs in the ‘supplier’ and ‘induced’ categories, created by the industry’s economic impact.

“We have seen dramatic, unprecedented growth in the firearms and ammunition industry that is the direct result of consumer demand,” said NSSF president Steve Sanetti.

“While out nation’s overall economic recovery has been slow since 2008, our industry has been a true bright spot.”

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