WYOMING \u2013 It\u2019s no secret Wyoming loves its guns. The state ranks at or near the top of most every list concerning gun ownership, for instance. But how dependent is the Cowboy State on the firearm industry? A new study out this week found Wyoming is the 4th most dependent state on the gun industry. The state has always attracted firearms manufacturers and related companies in the industry. Gunwerks, Wyoming Armory, and Freedom Arms build firearms in Burlington, Cody, and Freedom, respectively. And last year, legendary Weatherby moved its headquarters and plant to Sheridan, Wyoming after 70 years in California. With gun sales still in decline since President Donald Trump took office and with new gun laws taking effect this year such as a federal ban on \u201cbump stocks,\u201d the personal-finance website WalletHub this week released its report on\u00a02019\u2019s States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry.\u00a0 To determine the states that depend most heavily on the arms and ammunitions industry both directly for jobs and political contributions and indirectly through firearm ownership, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 17 key metrics. The data set ranges from firearms industry jobs per capita to gun sales per 1,000 residents to gun ownership rate. Wyoming\u2019s Dependence on the Gun Industry (1Most Dependent; 25Avg.) \t5th\u00a0\u2013 Gun Ownership Rate \t4th\u00a0\u2013 Firearms-Industry Jobs per Capita \t11th\u00a0\u2013 Total Firearms-Industry Output per Capita \t1st\u00a0\u2013 Total Taxes Paid by Firearms Industry per Capita \t11th \u2013 NICS Background Checks per Capita \t1st \u2013 Gun-Control Contributions to Congressional Members per Capita \t1st \u2013 Gun-Rights Contributions to Congressional Members per Capita Gun sales have been\u00a0down\u00a0since Donald Trump won the White House, with a 6.1 percent decline in 2018 alone. And while that\u2019s good news to some, it could be a bad sign for state economies relying heavily on the firearms industry. By one\u00a0estimate, guns contributed more than $52 billion to the U.S. economy and generated over $6.8 billion in federal and state taxes in 2018.