With the gun industry in the spotlight, study examines Wyoming's dependence

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Washington (GRAY DC) -- Guns: the fiery topic of discussion across the country. In the wake of the high school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead calls for stricter gun laws, rang out across the nation. More regulation could impact the local Wyoming gun industry.

“That will cause folks to either A, go somewhere else, or who knows it may distract people from purchasing firearms in the future,” says Ryan Allen, owner of Frontier Supply and Arms in Cheyenne. He says more regulation will bring an uptick in sales in the short term, but wreak havoc on the industry down the line. But he says he’s confident Wyoming leaders have his back. “We are a very conservative state and we pride ourselves on our second amendment,” says Allen.

The finance website WalletHub conducted a gun industry study using information from the FBI, U.S. Census, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and elsewhere. The study finds the Cowboy State as the fifth most dependent on the industry. Jill Gonzalez says the firearms industry pays more taxes in Wyoming than in any other state.

The finance website WalletHub conducted a gun industry study using information from the FBI, U.S. Census, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and elsewhere. The study finds the Cowboy State as the fifth most dependent on the industry. Jill Gonzalez, a WalletHub analyst, says the firearms industry pays more taxes in Wyoming than in any other state: “shedding awareness on what this means from state to state I think will not only help consumers but will help local authorities.”

There’s uncertainty about what, if anything, will happen to gun laws in the country. James Angel from Georgetown University says all eyes are on Congress.

“If all we do is enforce our current laws better, I don’t think it’ll have much impact,” he says adding that if there is a crackdown on firearms, the economy would go relatively unscathed. “Even if you look at job losses in gun manufacturing or running gun shows,” says Angel, “you’ll have the other economic impact, presumably, of fewer gun deaths and fewer needs to have high security responses.

As of now Congress is not considering any major gun control legislation. In Washington, I’m Peter Zampa.