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From page A4 | January 31, 2014 | 13 Comments

Who would have thought simple target shooting could play a role in California’s economy?

Well, according to a new report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, in California target shooting-related spending contributed $1.5 billion to the state’s economy and supported 12,046 jobs. The report, dated 2012, covered statistics from 2011. It was released Jan. 24 and is the first-ever look at the economic impact of this sport.

Nationally, target shooters spent $23 billion and supported more than 185,000 jobs, according to the report.

Taxes alone account for $3.5 billion of that total.

The percentage breakdown is 37 percent for firearms, 17 percent for food, fuel and lodging, 17 percent for handloading, optics, accessories and rentals, 12 percent for ammunition, 11 percent for range instructor aid and training fees and the remaining balance to other, which includes taxes.

There are 21 million target shooters in the country, with 30 percent of them being female. That compares to 14 million soccer players and 12 million baseball players.

Combining the target shooting data, Hunting in America reveals that shooters and hunters together spent more than $110 billion, supporting 866,000 jobs, according to Western Outdoor News.

There are a lot of things that go into making this state’s economy and this country’s economy work. Hunting and target shooting are part of the economic mix.

Mountain Democrat

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Discussion | 13 comments

  • Robert D NollJanuary 30, 2014 - 2:57 pm

    target shooting,good hobby,don't litter, in fact clean up before we leave

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  • cookie65January 31, 2014 - 7:45 am

    They are also some of the largest contributors to the preservation of wildlife and their habitats. Thru organizations such as this. http://www.muledeer.org/

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  • 1036-FrankJanuary 31, 2014 - 8:43 am

    The liberal's in control don't want to see these numbers as anything related to legal gun ownership is one of their many targets as is their efforts to restrict and increase the price of ammo. They also want to hide the numbers of tax payers versus those newly on welfare and out of the workforce and shifted to social welfare programs and the one of six placed into poverty. They don't want people to see how scarce tax payers are becoming in this state and nationwide. The takers and makers numbers are so out of balance that it is beyond a crises point now. For years people have been pointing out that the income and revenue and taxes applied to ammo and firearms supports and protects more jobs, lands, and habitats then all of the anti groups fund raising combined which is used for staff and lawsuits, yet facts fall on deaf ears as the tax payers and businesses disappear and leave this state, lead is declared illegal in this state for hunting and the liberal agenda is to attack the right of the people to own firearms under the 2nd Amendment along with continual pushes to ban and restrict what type of firearms people can own as seen by last year's liberal legislation. This one-party, ruled by LA and the Bay state will continue an anti- gun owner, anti- rural, anti 2nd Amendment agenda, as the numbers on entitlements has doomed the state and little change will be seen unless the state is divided as it should be..

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  • EALJanuary 31, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Hi neighbors. I own guns, I target shoot. I’m liberal. 4U2Know

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  • Robert D NollJanuary 31, 2014 - 11:53 am

    I got your message

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  • James E.January 31, 2014 - 11:35 am

    Drudge reports there will be snipers at the Super Bowl. With 15 seconds to go the Seahawks attempt a Hail Mary pass that will win the game. Sniper #1 puts a bullet in the quarterback and Sniper #2 puts a bullet in the receiver. Pass INCOMPLETE and Seahawks lose.

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  • cookie65January 31, 2014 - 5:18 pm

    Just getting us accustomed to it James. Guess What??? It has been the reality of every leftist regime since the invention of black powder.

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  • James E.January 31, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    Cookie, no, Matt Drudge getting us used to it.

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  • cookie65January 31, 2014 - 5:38 pm

    James, here is more of the world loving us now that the cowboy Bush is gone. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/31/saudis-snub-us-congressional-delegation/?intcmp=latestnews

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  • James E.January 31, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    Cookie, Fox News -- we report, you decide (sure). Yes, Saudis loved Bush best of all. And, recent events have caused the Saudis to not love us so much at all (talks with Iran). I'm sorry, I forgot, what was your point?

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  • Tea/RepublicanFebruary 01, 2014 - 7:24 am

    The President of the United States is going on Fox News tomorrow right before the Super Bowl, to be interviewed by Bill O'Reily. Now it is well established that FAUX news and their watchers are brain dead ignorant racist haters according to the slightly left leaning daily posters on this paper. What is our president's purpose for appearing on the channel he says isn't REAL news?

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  • dunnoFebruary 01, 2014 - 7:31 am

    media exposure?

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  • Tea/RepublicanFebruary 01, 2014 - 8:54 am

    Why would our President grant an interview with an organization that he himself says is destructive? http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/obama-says-fox-news-promotes-destructive-viewpoint/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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