During the 2015-2016 year, the shooting sports industry had an economic impact of $110 billion.
New findings from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) found that the shooting sports industry had an economic impact of $110 billion dollars from 2015-2016, according to Realtree's Business Blog.
These findings were found in NSSF's 2015-2016 Industry Reference Guide.
The reference guide also noted that $15 billion was generated in taxes, while $48 billion was generated by retail sales. Moreover, 866,000 jobs in the industry were created as a result.
The guide specifically broke down these economic findings in the following way:
- Hunting land: $6 billion
- Pick-ups, campers, and RV's: $6 billion
- Private transportation: $4.5 billion
- Food, drink, and refreshments: $3.2 billion
- Off-road vehicles: $1.9 billion
- Land leasing: $1.4 billion
- Ammunition: $1.3 billion
NSSF is a trade association for the firearms industry whose mission is to "promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. It was formed in 1961. According to the NSSF website, it currently boasts a membership of over "13,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers."
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The shooting sports industry certainly plays an important role in bolstering the economy. Not only does it employ countless people domestically, it helps juice up our ever-weakened economic climate. Send these findings to your skeptical friends!