PDT Staff Writer
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Thursday released concealed carry license statistics for the second quarter of 2013 reporting 48,032 concealed carry licenses were issued.
Numbers reported to the Attorney General’s Office from county sheriffs in Ohio state that in the second quarter of 2013 (April 1 through June 30), 32,074 new licenses and 15,958 renewal licenses were issued, for a total of 48,032 licenses. This is an increase over the first quarter of 2013 when county sheriffs issued 31,407 new licenses and 6,354 renewal licenses, or 37,761 total licenses.
Scioto County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Todd Miller said the county issued 335 new licenses during the first quarter of the year. He said there were also 63 people who renewed their licenses, four were suspended, one revoked and two had their applications denied. Second quarter numbers showed 399 new licenses issued, 268 renewed, one suspended and one denied.
Breaking those numbers down further, 118 licenses were issued in July, 78 were renewed and 40 were new. One was revoked. In this month (August) 68 licenses have been renewed and 52 new licenses were issued. Miller explained the issue of licenses reflect applications from the month before. For example, while the first quarter figures reflect January, February and March, they are, in reality, from applications filed in December of 2012, January and February of 2013.
In the first six months of 2013, 63,481 new licenses were issued throughout the state. In 2012 a total of 64,650 new licenses were issued. With the exception of 2012, the 63,481 new licenses issued in the first six months of 2013 were more than in any single calendar year since concealed carry permits began being issued in 2004.
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.
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