PDT Staff Writer
The number of concealed carry permits issued by both Scioto County and the state of Ohio have more than doubled over the same period last year. Todd Miller, chief deputy in the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, says 335 new licenses and 63 renewals were issued over the first quarter of this year, compared to 160 new and three renewals in the first quarter of 2012. That 395 for the first quarter of 2013 looms even larger when statistics show 605 new and 132 renewals permits were issued in all of 2012 in Scioto County.
At the same time, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has also issued concealed carry license statistics for the first quarter of 2013 indicating that more than 37,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio, a dramatic increase over the same period in 2012 when 16,823 new licenses were issued.
According to statistics reported to the Attorney General’s office, county sheriffs in Ohio issued 31,407 new licenses and 6,354 renewal licenses, or 37,761 total licenses, between Jan. 1 and March 31. In the first quarter of 2012, 16,823 new licenses were issued, and 64,650 new licenses were issued in all of 2012. The 37,761 new licenses issued in the first quarter were more than in all of 2005 (22,457), 2006 (15,751), or 2007 (22,103).
“The increase in law-abiding Ohioans seeking concealed carry permits to exercise their Second Amendment privileges is a noteworthy trend.” DeWine said. “I look forward to continuing to work with Ohio’s county sheriffs to provide information to Ohioans on this law’s usage.”
Another statistic factored in locally shows four licenses were suspended, a single license was revoked and two more were denied over the first quarter of 2013.
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.
DeWine said anyone interested can learn more about Ohio’s concealed carry laws, by visiting www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/ConcealedCarry.
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