Montgomery County had a 54 percent increase from 848 to 1,308 from the third quarter of 2015 to the same period in 2016. Clark County went from 127 to 209; Preble County rose from 73 to 196; Darke County increased from 146 to 227; Warren County went from 577 to 698; Greene County rose from 300 to 522; Miami County inched up from 129 to 141; and Clinton County went from 86 to 173.
Dramatic increases were seen in Butler County (474 to 1,146), Champaign County (70 to 228) and Shelby County (97 to 323).
“We were widely criticized for supporting a reduction in required training from 12 to 8 hours,” Irvine added. “The reason was simple; we wanted more people to get training. The numbers indicate that the change in required training is having the effect we intended.”
Statewide, the number of license renewals dropped from 10,129 to 8,754 from the third quarter of 2015 to 2016. License suspensions increased from 334 to 416 and licenses revoked rose from 95 to 297, as did licenses denied from 280 to 346.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich had a concealed carry bill presented to his desk last week.
Senate Bill 199 originally added CCW permit holders to a protected class status under the state’s anti-discrimination law, but business groups said it infringed on employers’ rights. A limited bill was passed that would prohibit employers from barring concealed carry permit holders from storing their weapons in cars parked on company property.