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Gun industry adds nearly 25,000 US jobs in 2015

Posted at 6:46 PM, Apr 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 21:54:07-04

Nearly 25,000 jobs were created by the gun industry in 2015, according to a report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The report says that California was second only to Texas in both jobs created and overall economic output as it relates to the gun industry.

Because of this increase in sales, local gun stores have had to hire more help to keep up.

"Over the past just couple months we had to add four more people," said Christopher Cook, owner of EP Armory in Southwest Bakersfield.

"We manufacture down south and we had to pull in another six people down there just to keep up with manufacturing."

Increased demand at The Armory is likely because of their specialty: selling pieces of guns that can then be assembled at home, avoiding government paperwork.

"A lot of people are actually going that route now because they don’t want to deal with the possibilities of confiscation later," Cook said.

A fear of increased gun restriction has spurred the market since President Obama took office; in fact, the economic impact of the gun industry has increased 158% since 2008.

Cook believes that gun shops will see another business boom in the months leading up to the presidential election--due to the uncertainty of who will be in office.