COLUMBUS -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine reports that more than 78,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2012, the largest number since licenses were first issued in 2004.
According to statistics reported to the Attorney General's office, county sheriffs in Ohio issued 64,650 new licenses and 12,160 renewal licenses in 2012, or 78,810 total licenses.
The number of new licenses is also the largest in a single year since licenses were first issued in 2004.
"As a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I am pleased to see more Ohioans than ever before are exercising their rights under Ohio's concealed carry law," DeWine said.
"I look forward to continuing to work with Ohio's county sheriffs to provide information to Ohioans on this law's usage."
The Attorney General's Office compiles an annual report as required by law about the number of licenses issued each year.
The report -- broken down county-by-county -- also shows that 889 concealed carry applications were denied in 2012, the largest number ever and nearly the number of denials than in 2008 (465).
Cuyahoga County had 2,052 licenses issued, 566 renewed, 36 licenses suspended, 14 licenses revoked, and 39 denied.
Geauga County: 1,315 issued, 35 renewed, 5 suspended, 1 revoked and 2 denied.
Lake County: 3, 175 issued, 452 renewed, 76 suspended, 13 revoked and 71 denied.
Lorain County: 544 issued, 169 renewed, 6 suspended, 1 revoked, and 4 denied.
Medina County: 1,733 issued, 569 renewed, 69 suspended, 4 revoked, and 9 denied.
Portage County: 1,296 issued, 168 renewed, 0 suspended, o revoked and 10 denied.
Trumbull County: 1,483 issued, 350 renewed, 30 suspended, 1 revoked and 11 denied.
Summit County: 1,833 issued, 425 renewed, 38 suspended, 0 revoked, and 70 denied.
Ashtabula County: 328 issued, 63 renewed, 6 suspended, 0 revoked and 0 denied.
There are several reasons for revoking a license and sheriffs are not required to report the specific reason to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.
The reasons are:
- Moved out of state
- Decided not to hold the license any more
- Was convicted of a disqualifying crime
- Became subject to the law's restrictions on mentally ill people or people considered drug- or alcohol-dependent.
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Each sheriff must report concealed handgun license statistics quarterly to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission within the Ohio Attorney General's Office.