COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — 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.