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Conceal carry permits way up in Ohio

Posted on February 28, 2013

Frank HincheyA lot of Annies and Andys are getting their guns.

Or at least obtaining their concealed carry gun permits anyway.

Mike DeWine, Ohio’s Attorney General - and himself a CCW permit holder - on Wednesday issued his annual report that says more than 78,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2012, the largest number since licenses were first issued in 2004.

According to statistics reported to the Attorney General’s office, county sheriffs in Ohio issued 64,650 new licenses and 12,160 renewal licenses in 2012, or 78,810 total licenses.

Another 58 temporary CCW permits were issued last year as well, the AG’s report says.

The number of new licenses is also the largest in a single year since licenses were first issued in 2004 with 33,864 people carded with the proper documents.

Last year’s total CCW permit issuances was 49,828.

At the top of the chart was Franklin County (Columbus) with 4,712 CCW permits issued.

Next was Lake County, which issued 3,175 CCW permits last year.

“As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I am pleased to see more Ohioans than ever before are exercising their rights under Ohio’s concealed carry law,” DeWine said.

“I look forward to continuing to work with Ohio’s county sheriffs to provide information to Ohioans on this law’s usage.”

But just as the number of CCW permits have risen so have the number of CCW permit suspensions as well as revocations.

Last year the state recorded 1,030 CCW permit suspensions, up from the 946 suspensions in 2011 and way up from the 525 suspensions seen in 2004.

The outright revocation of CCW permits last year stood at 741, up considerably from the 212 revocations recorded in 2011 as well.

Also, of Ohio’s 88 counties, no fewer than 22 of them saw issuance of at least 1,000 permits each.

The county with the fewest number of CCW permits issued was Noble County with only 62 such cards handed out.

Likewise the report lists the states in which Ohio CCW  permit holders enjoy reciprocity where they can carry concealed. The current list includes: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The Attorney General’s Office compiles an annual report as required by law about the number of licenses issued each year. Each sheriff must report concealed handgun license statistics quarterly to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission within the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

A complete copy of the report is available on the Ohio Attorney General’s web site.

Also, to learn more about Ohio’s concealed carry laws, click here.