Concealed Carry permits more than doubled in Scioto County from 2015 to 2016 according to numbers provided by Captain Todd Miller of the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office.
While the state of Ohio had a record year in 2016, new permits in Scioto County went from 546 in 2015 to 1,242 in 2016, a 227 percent increase
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says more than 158,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2016, 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 117,953 new licenses and 40,982 renewal licenses in 2016, or 158,982 total licenses, the largest in a single year since licenses were first issued in 2004. The previous record for new licenses issued and total licenses issued was in 2013, when 96,972 new licenses and 145,342 total licenses were issued. The record for renewal licenses was in 2014 when 52,146 licenses were renewed.
Renewals in Scioto County remained stagnant going from 684 in 2015 to 693 in 2016.
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.
To learn more about Ohio’s concealed carry laws or to view this year’s report and other statistics, you can visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/ConcealedCarry.
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