PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Opinion

Target shooting

By From page A4 | January 31, 2014

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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