Record Number of Concealed Carry Permits Issued in Ohio Last Year


[image-1]Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced this week that a record number of concealed carry permits had been issued or renewed last year. All told, the state has 158,982 permits in its database, according to recent figures.

That's just under 2 percent of the state's adult population, which, of course, does not account for the number of illegally owned guns out there.

DeWine's office noted that the number includes 117,953 new permits and 40,982 renewed permits. Statistics are compiled quarterly by county sheriff's offices.

(The previous state record was set in 2013 with 145,342 new and renewed permits.)

A 2014 report from the Crime Prevention Research Center stated that some 11.1 million Americans had concealed carry permits — which was up dramatically from 4.5 million in 2007.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.