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First quarter concealed carry numbers jump statewide and locally

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (pictured) today issued concealed carry license statistics for the first quarter of 2013 indicating that more than 37,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio, a dramatic increase over the same period in 2012.

According to statistics reported to the Attorney General's office, county sheriffs in Ohio issued 31,407 new licenses and 6,354 renewal licenses, or 37,761 total licenses, between January 1 and March 31. In the first quarter of 2012, 16,823 new licenses were issued, and 64,650 new licenses were issued in all of 2012. The 37,761 new licenses issued in the first quarter were more than in all of 2005 (22,457), 2006 (15,751), or 2007 (22,103).

In Logan County, 161 new licenses were issued in the first quarter compared to 48 new licenses for the same time period last year.

"The increase in law-abiding Ohioans seeking concealed carry permits to exercise their Second Amendment privileges is a noteworthy trend" 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. 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, visit http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/ConcealedCarry

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