Ohio’s attorney general reported that more than 145,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2013, the largest number issued since licensing began in the state in 2004.
The report, released 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.
In Lorain County last year, a total of 609 regular licenses and three temporary emergency licenses were issued. During the year, 16 licenses were suspended, two licenses were revoked and six licenses were denied.
Under Ohio Revised Code, sheriffs must suspend a concealed handgun license upon notification that the licensee has been arrested or charged with certain offenses or if the licensee is the subject of a protection order issued by a court. The license may be returned to the holder if he or she is found not guilty or the charges are dismissed.
A license must be permanently revoked if the person does not meet the eligibility requirements to carry a concealed handgun, such as if the person moved out of state, died or was convicted of a disqualifying crime.
Sheriffs were not required to report details of a suspension or revocation to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.
Lorain County ranked 52nd out of Ohio’s 81 counties in issuing concealed carry permits over the year.
The most licenses were issued in Lake County, which includes the cities of Mentor, Eastlake and Willoughby. There, a total of 5,002 licenses were issued in 2013.
The attorney general’s office 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lorain County Concealed Carry Licensure Statistics: 2013
- Regular licenses issued: 609
- Temporary emergency licenses issued: 3
- Number of licenses renewed: 639
- Number of licenses suspended: 16
- Number of licenses revoked: 2
- Number of licenses denied: 6
- Number of license processes suspended: 2
SOURCE: Ohio attorney general’s office