Ohio sees a record number of concealed-carry gun permits given during the third quarter this year.
This record is 59 percent more than during the same timeframe in 2015. Correlating these new permit carriers with previous statistics translates to around 1 in 16 people having a concealed-carry permit in Ohio. There are an estimated 574,000 current permits from the state and they also recognize 12.3 million from out-of-staters.
The Buckeye Firearms Association has been following concealed carry numbers since its inception as a law in 2004. Jim Irvine, the president of the Firearms Association, had this to say about the upwards trend in permit interest, issuing and courses:
Gun ownership is “becoming mainstream,” and concealed-carry instructors are “swamped with demand for their classes.” Concealed carry used to be mostly hard-core shooters, but it has become increasingly popular with soccer moms and others who just want to be safe in their everyday life.”
The Ohio legislature has recently introduced and approved bills that have reduced restrictions and limitations on the ability to concealed carry. The latest Senate bill, Bill 199, not yet signed, will allow permit holders to bring firearms onto college campuses, day-cares and some government properties with some required approvals from college and university trustees, city councils and county commissioners.
The bill will also authorize active duty military members trained in weapons use to carry without a permit and prevent businesses from stopping employees from carrying firearms in their personal vehicles in the business parking lots.
Ohio seems on track to break a new record for concealed carry in 2016 and for more details of the report, see this link.