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Concealed carry numbers continue to rise statewide and locally

Mike DeWineOhio Attorney General Mike DeWine has released concealed carry license statistics for the third quarter of 2013 reporting 32,618 concealed carry licenses were issued.

Numbers reported to the Attorney General's Office from county sheriffs in Ohio state that in the third quarter of 2013 (July 1 through September 30), 18,705 new licenses and 13,913 renewal licenses were issued, for a total of 32,618 licenses. This is an increase over the third quarter of 2012 when county sheriffs issued 13,949 new licenses and 3,447 renewal licenses, or 17,396 total licenses.

In the first nine months of 2013, 82,186 new licenses were issued, more than in any single calendar year since concealed carry permits began being issued in 2004. In 2012, the year with the previous highest amount, a total of 64,650 new licenses were issued.

In Logan County, 101 new licenses were issued and 37 were renewed in July, August, and September. A year ago, 48 new licenses were issued and none were renewed during the same time period.

The Attorney General's Office compiles an annual report as required by law about the number of licenses issued each year. Each sheriff must report concealed handgun license statistics quarterly to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission within the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Those quarterly statistics are published on the Ohio Attorney General's website once compiled and verified.

To learn more about Ohio's concealed carry laws or view concealed carry statistics, please visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/ConcealedCarry.

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