Sheriffs in Ohio counties issued more concealed carry weapons permits in the first nine months of 2013 than they did in all of 2012.
Statistics released Friday by the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office show that a record 82,186 new licenses were issued through September, compared to 64,650 in all of 2012, which had been the year with the highest amount since the program began in 2004.
Third-quarter Ohio stats show a total of 32,168 new and renewal licenses were issued, nearly double than the 17,396 new and renewal licenses issued in the same time frame in 2012.
“The trend is nothing new,” said Philip Mulivor, spokesman for Ohioans for Concealed Carry. “It’s what we have seen consistently since the program began. It’s a reflection of people’s desire to exercise their Second Amendment rights. It’s a very good thing. It’s a fundamental, enumerated Constitutional right.”
New licenses issued were up over 2012 third-quarter numbers in eight of nine area counties, with only Warren County (150 in 2013 compared to 248 in 2012) being down. The biggest statistical jump in the area came in Montgomery County, where 1,237 new CCW licenses were issued in the third quarter of 2013 compared to 687 in the same time frame in 2012.
Other big jumps came in Butler County (670, up from 419), Greene County (414, up from 279), Miami County (250, up from 181) and Clark County (178, up from 128).
“Concealed carry licensees are model citizens,” said Mulivor, whose organization began in 1999 and helped craft CCW legislation. “They’ve been vetted, checked and their competence and their citizenship and their knowledge and their general moral background has been verified in multiple ways by multiple agencies.”
The statewide statistics show what 290 CCW licensees were suspended, 70 were revoked, 232 were denied and 13 license processes were suspended.
CCW third-quarter statistics
Most area counties saw an increase in new concealed carry weapons licenses being issued in the third quarter of 2013 compared to the third quarter of 2013. Below are the county-by-county numbers of new licenses in the past two third quarters.
County: 2013, 2012
Butler: 670, 419
Champaign: 102, 100
Clark: 178, 128
Darke: 231, 196
Greene: 414, 279
Miami: 250, 181
Montgomery: 1,237, 687
Preble: 108, 100
Warren: 150, 248