Ohioans went gunning for new concealed carry permits at a rapid-fire pace during 2016.
Statistics provided by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine shows that last year the state’s 88 county sheriffs issued 117,953 new concealed carry permits, renewed 40,986 permits and granted 43 temporary permits for the presentation of a total of 158,982 licenses to carry a weapon concealed.
By Ohio law the state attorney general must file an annual report to the governor and state legislative officials as to the results of the county sheriffs’ CCW-issuing activities.
The issuance of new CCW permits reached a lofty 96,972 in 2013. That number declined to 58,066 in 2014 but regained lost ground in 2015 when the number jumped to 71,589, and then catapulted to the 117,953 figure last year.
Though the issuance of new CCW permits easily outpaced that of 2015, not so the number of renewals, which are required every five years. In fact, renewals have been on a steady decline. In 2015 the number of CCW permit renewals had ascended to 52,146 but dropped to 44,551 in 2014 and drooped to the 40,986 figure last year.
Also, the numbers of CCW permit revocations and denials are both on the uptick as are suspensions.
Revocations have steadily increased since 2012 when the figure was 203. That number rose to 286 in 2013; 373 in 2014; 530 in 2015; and 697 last year. The reasons for revocations include the permit holder moving out of state, dying, no longer desiring to be a licensee, convicted of a disqualifying crime, adjudicated as becoming subject to the law’s restrictions on the grounds of mental health issues, drug- or alcohol dependency.
For CCW application denials, DeWine’s office notes that here too the numbers have increased. In 2014 the number of CCW application rejections was 882 – after dropping from the 1,142 in 2013. However, in 2015 the number of CCW permit rejections climbed to 1,117, and surged further to 1,634 last year.
Looking at CCW suspensions, the category has demonstrated a general rise. Under Ohio law, sheriffs must suspend a CCW permit upon being notified that a licensee has been charged of certain specified crimes, or if the licensee is the subject of a court-ordered protection order. Should the licensee be acquitted or the charges dropped, the CCW permit is returned.
In 2012, the state’s 88 county sheriffs suspended 788 CCW permits. That number rose to 1,154 in 2013 and climbed to 1,412 in 2015 but tripped to 1,319 in 2015, only to step up again, this time to 1,669 in 2016.
The Top Five counties for new CCW permits issued in 2016 were: Franklin – 7,569; Montgomery – 6,407; Lake – 6,045; Clermont – 4,890; and Butler – 4,467. In all, 39 of Ohio’s 88 counties saw the issuance of 1,000 or more new CCW permits.
The Bottom Five counties for new CCW permits were: Monroe – 275; Morgan (also 275); Coshocton – 235; Noble – 208; and Meigs – 155.
For renewals in 2016, the Top Five counties were: Franklin – 2,580; Clermont – 2,160; Lake – 1,754; Montgomery – 1,738; and Butler 1,579. In all, 11 of Ohio’s 88 counties saw the issuance of 1,000 or more renewal CCW permits. Only one – Lawrence County – saw no CCW renewals issued in 2016.
As for CCW denials in 2016, the Top Five counties were: Lucas – 148; Lake – 106; Montgomery – 99; Hamilton – 94; and Franklin – 76.
For CCW revocations in 2016; the Top Five counties were: Lake – 274 (the high number came when it was discovered that an instructor was not state certified and all of his students became ineligible to keep their permits); Knox – 70; Morrow – 48; Franklin – 40; and Clermont – 25.
In terms of suspensions for 201, the Top Five counties were: Wood – 167; Hamilton – 131; Lake – 128; Franklin – 119; and Montgomery – 76.
Also, Ohio has reciprocity with 35 states. Caveats exist for Minnesota and Virginia. The former recently removed Ohio from list while Virginia has restrictions of its own.For further information, visit the Ohio Attorney General’s web site at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/ConcealedCarry.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn