Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Record Number of Ohioans Carrying Concealed Firearms
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) has released the concealed handgun license (CHL) statistics for the fourth quarter of 2011. Ohio sheriffs set a new record issuing almost 12,000 CHLs for the busiest fourth quarter in the program's eight-year history.
Demand was up 12% compared to the same period a year earlier. By the end of 2011, approximately 265,083 Ohio residents were licensed to carry concealed handguns. This number will likely approach 300,000 by the end of 2012.
This means that more than five people per hour, or 184 per work-day, received a new or renewed CHL from an Ohio sheriff.