COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohio saw a dramatic increase in the number of conceal carry licenses during the first quarter of 2013. The state issued more than 37,000 permits from January to March. 31,407 of those were new licenses. A year ago nearly 17,000 new licenses were issued.
More conceal carry permits were issued in the first quarter of 2013 than the entire years of 2005, 2006, and 2007.
"The increase in law-abiding Ohioans seeking concealed carry permits to exercise their Second Amendment privileges is a noteworthy trend" Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.
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.