The number of people employed by the firearm industry increased by 10,000 in 2020, in stark contrast to the vast majority other industries that suffered widespread layoffs and unemployment during the global onset of COVID-19.
Many firearms manufacturers joined the fight against COVID-19 when the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers, first responders and law enforcement personnel serving on the front line became obvious.
For 2019, the recipient of the NRA Golden Bullseye Pioneer award is a longtime innovator who's still working today: George Kellgren, CEO of Kel-Tec.
With NICS background check numbers staying strong through 2017, the overall economic impact of the firearm industry continued to rise.
A report released earlier this month by NSSF indicates the total economic impact of the industry increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $49.3 billion in 2015—a 158 percent increase.