AG releases concealed carry statistics

By Frank Lewis

November 16, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Friday released concealed carry license statistics for the third quarter of 2013 reporting 32,618 concealed carry licenses were issued. Numbers reported to the Attorney General’s Office from county sheriffs in Ohio state that in the third quarter of 2013 (July 1 through Sept. 30), 18,705 new licenses and 13,913 renewal licenses were issued, for a total of 32,618 licenses. This is an increase over the third quarter of 2012 when county sheriffs issued 13,949 new licenses and 3,447 renewal licenses, or 17,396 total licenses.

In Scioto County during the same period, 138 permits were issued, 209 licenses were renewed, while two were suspended and one license was revoked.

In the first nine months of 2013, 82,186 new licenses were issued in Ohio, more than in any single calendar year since concealed carry permits began being issued in 2004. In 2012, the year with the previous highest amount, a total of 64,650 new licenses were issued.

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. Those quarterly statistics are published on the Ohio Attorney General’s website once compiled and verified.

Anyone wanting more information about Ohio’s concealed carry laws may visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/ConcealedCarry.

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