COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issued Ohio’s Law on Concealed Handguns annual report Friday.
The report showed 168,302 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2018.
According to the statistics reported to the Attorney General’s Office, county sheriffs issued 69,375 new licenses and 98,927 renewals. Permit holders who wish to renew their licenses must do so every five years.
The report also shows 1,436 applications, a rate of .9 percent, were denied.
In 2017, county sheriffs issued 131,345 regular licenses (77,281 new licenses and 54,064 renewal licenses) and 45 temporary licenses.
In Montgomery County, 2,820 licenses were issued in 2018 and 4,349 were renewed. The Attorney General’s Office said 113 licenses were denied.
In Greene County, 1,131 licenses were issued and 2,248 were renewed. Only 19 licenses were denied, according to the report.
Under Ohio law, county sheriffs are responsible for issuing concealed-carry licenses and renewing them, as well as suspending and revoking licenses.
Each sheriff must report concealed handgun license statistics quarterly to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission within the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Ohio county sheriffs began issuing concealed carry licenses in 2004.