COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general reports that 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 report issued Friday by Attorney General Mike DeWine says statistics show that county sheriffs in Ohio issued nearly 97,000 new licenses and more than 48,000 renewal licenses in 2013 for a total of 145,342. The previous record for total licenses issued was in 2012, when nearly 77,000 were issued.
The attorney general's office says it compiles an annual report required by law on the number of licenses issued each year. Each county sheriff must report concealed handgun license statistics quarterly to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission within DeWine's office.