More Than Half-Million Ohioans Now Have Concealed Carry Permits
An unprecedented number of Ohioans now have licenses to carry concealed handguns. According to statistics released by the Ohio Attorney General's Office, there are now more than 500,000 valid concealed-carry license holders in the state. That's more than 4 percent of the total population.
The number of new permits issued in the first three months of the year - 36,118 - is a record for any quarter. That's a 132-percent increase over the same period last year.
Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Association board of directors, says the increase is the result of a change in the law reducing the required training time from 12 hours to eight hours.
Ohio also honors an estimated 12.3 million concealed-carry licenses from other states.