Ohio's attorney general reports that more than 16,000 new concealed-carry licenses were issued in the first quarter of 2014.
The numbers released Tuesday showed 16,205 new licenses issued, and 15,832 licenses renewed in the first three months of the year, for a total of more than 32,000. Another 262 applications were denied, and 350 were suspended.
That compares with more than 31,400 new permits issued in the first quarter of 2013, along with more than 6,300 renewals.
More than 145,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2013 for the largest number issued since licensing began in the state in 2004. The state issued 97,000 new licenses and more than 48,000 renewals last year.
Each county sheriff reports concealed handgun license statistics quarterly to the state.