For Release: Wednesday, December 6, 2000
Connecticut Leads Nation in Gun Production
WASHINGTON The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released Firearms Production In America, 1975-1997: A State-by-State Breakdown. The 155-page study examines 22 years of federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) firearms production data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The data is organized by state, broken out by firearm type (pistol, revolver, rifle, and shotgun), and categorized by caliber for pistols and revolvers.
Firearms Production In America, 1975-1997 A State-by-State Breakdown is available by .pdf file from the Violence Policy Center website (.pdf files require Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader available at www.adobe.com).
The study documents the increasing lethality of the U.S. arsenal, as revealed by the dramatic production increase in the number of higher-caliber handguns. It also details the rise in popularity of semiautomatic pistols over six-shot revolvers. Revolver production dropped from 784,324 in 1975 to 368,711 in 1997, while pistol production soared from 138,146 to 1,016,439 during the same period.
The data reveal that three states Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York accounted for more than three quarters of the firearms produced in the United States during the period studied.
Ironically, many states with strong gun control laws, such as Massachusetts, New York, and California, are among the leading producers of firearms.
“This study documents each state’s contribution to the ceaseless flow of firearms in the United States,” Marty Langley, policy analyst at the VPC, said today. “While these numbers may not surprise industry insiders, they may come as a shock to residents of such states as New York and California, who are unaware of their state’s role in the proliferation of firearms across the nation.”
Domestic Firearms Production, 1975-1997
States Ranked by Total Production