Spike in Missouri gun sales creates more jobs in the industry

3 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, April 19 2016 Apr 19, 2016 Tuesday, April 19, 2016 6:04:00 PM CDT April 19, 2016 in News
By: Courtney Lewis and Amber Smith, KOMU 8 Reporters
loading

COLUMBIA- A boom in gun sales have created thousands of jobs nationwide.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), there has been a ten percent increase in the gun industry from 2014 to 2015, and Missouri was ranked the fifth best state for gun industry jobs.

NSSF reports the gun industry's growth has been driven by thousands of Americans choosing to exercise their second amendment right to keep and bear arms as well as purchase firearm ammunition.

Modern Arms owner Larry Wayland said they have seen a continuous increase in gun sales due to talk about potential policy regulations in the future.

“We have had gun regulations that are more strenuous in the past. Those have relaxed some. We hope they stay relaxed, but there is always legislation being proposed each year to further restrict gun ownership rights. And some people are buying out of the concern of pending legislation or even future legislation that is yet unknown,” Wayland said.

Wayland believes Missouri has become such a great state for the gun industry because it is a central location for distribution along with the many manufacturers in the area.

“There are a lot of manufacturers here in Missouri, not only of finished firearms, but of different components along that firearms production chain, a lot of suppliers and our central location is pivotal to that,” Wayland said.

Missouri has continued to see growth in employment as well as gun purchases.

Jim Hill, the owner of Target Masters, said more people are buying guns for safety, so the amount of conceal and carry licenses have also increased.

“Conceal-carry is going up. It used to be that we ran one class a month with 20 people. By next Sunday we’ll have run three classes and they’ve run full,” Hill said. 

More News

Grid
List
CAMDEN COUNTY — Linn Creek, Missouri Police Chief Greg Berry was arrested Saturday afternoon by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 11:32:00 AM CST February 16, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Two women were seriously injured after a head-on collision between a Prius and a semi-truck early Sunday morning,... More >>
2 hours ago Sunday, February 16 2020 Feb 16, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020 10:41:12 AM CST February 16, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Thousands of people and more than 300 gallons of chili filled the Expo Center Saturday for the 15th... More >>
17 hours ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 7:50:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Runners braved the cold weather Saturday morning for the R.A.M.S 5K. R.A.M.S is a nonprofit MU organization... More >>
18 hours ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 6:44:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
FESTUS (AP) — Police in eastern Missouri say a 73-year-old man has been shot to death, and his 42-year-old son... More >>
19 hours ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 5:28:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One of Missouri State Highway Patrol's vehicles was struck by a semitruck late Thursday night. MSHP shared... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 4:44:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Don Allard, who served as Columbia’s city manager for 12 years, died Wednesday in Arvada, Colorado, after a... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 4:10:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Four candidates are running for three open seats on the Columbia School Board. Although there are less... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 3:41:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Local nonprofit Building Community Bridges held its monthly community day Saturday afternoon. Saturday's event had a... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 3:00:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A jury has awarded $265 million in punitive damages to a Missouri peach grower who sued... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 2:41:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA -The mid-Missouri Harley-Davidson hosted its monthly event today to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 2:36:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
LAKE ST. LOUIS — Authorities in eastern Missouri said two Kentucky mothers and their 12-year-old daughters were killed in a... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 2:28:00 PM CST February 15, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police in Kansas City say a 43-year-old man has died after being shot in the Paseo... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 11:26:00 AM CST February 15, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Whaley's West Side pharmacy is taking extra steps to make young families feel comfortable if an emergency... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, February 15 2020 Feb 15, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020 6:15:00 AM CST February 15, 2020 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Former School of the Osage teacher Mark Edwards was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 14 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Friday, February 14, 2020 10:27:00 PM CST February 14, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Sen. Josh Hawley announced in a press release Friday he has introduced a bill that would help document... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 14 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Friday, February 14, 2020 6:47:00 PM CST February 14, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Love is in the air and on the receipt at many restaurants and businesses during Valentines Day. This... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 14 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Friday, February 14, 2020 5:26:00 PM CST February 14, 2020 in Continuous News
VIENNA – The Maries County Sheriffs Department has arrested Gary Martin Travers Jr., of Jefferson City. The Maries County Prosecutor... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 14 2020 Feb 14, 2020 Friday, February 14, 2020 3:34:00 PM CST February 14, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 44°
1pm 48°
2pm 49°
3pm 50°
4pm 49°