Citizens in Ohio are embracing their right to carry at a record rate. A report released by the attorney general indicate that more concealed carry licenses were issued in the second quarter of the year than ever before, according to a story in guns.com.
Between renewals and newly issued licenses, some 50,373 concealed carry permits were granted last quarter, according to Buckeye State Attorney General Mike DeWine, marking the first time Ohio Sheriffs issued over 50,000 licenses in a single quarter.
The AG’s office reported that 45,848 were issued in the first quarter of 2018, combining for a 10 percent increase from the previous year. The increase is even greater when compared to the second quarter of 2008, which saw only 22,721 licenses issued or renewed.
“Concealed carry is mainstream, common sense and close to most people on a daily basis,” Jim Irvine, Buckeye Firearms Association President, told guns.com. This stance is certainly buoyed by the CCW stats, which indicate that one in every 13 Ohioans is a concealed carry permit holder, with 656,000 licensed carriers.
Since Ohio’s concealed carry law was enacted 14 years ago, it has gained more mainstream acceptance. “License-holders, like gun owners in general, are not extremists as the anti-gun rights crowd claims,” Irvine told guns.com. “They are men and women, liberal and conservative and every ethnic and religious background. They are honorable citizens who want the means of protection from real dangers.”
This increase isn’t just limited to the Buckeye State. In August that there were more than 17.25 million CCW permits issued nationwide, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. Guns.com states this is nearly a three-fold increase over the past decade, and an all-time high.
Ohio is likely to see another increase in permit issuance, with a recent change in state law that waives permit fees for military veterans and active duty military members. The law also allows for military training to be accepted in lieu of an eight hour mandated safety course, guns.com reports.