CCW permits decline in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Concealed-carry gun permits declined in Ohio for the first time in years

The number of concealed-carry gun permits issued or renewed in Ohio dropped by 24 percent in 2014, the first decline in several years.

The annual report released Thursday by Attorney General Mike DeWine showed 110,212 licenses to carry concealed handguns were issued or renewed last year, compared to 145,342 in 2013. The attorney general is required by state law to compile a report annually based on handgun permits issued by Ohio’s 88 county sheriffs.

In Mahoning County, 1,825 new permits were issued in 2013, along with 662 renewals. The number of permits issued in 2014 dropped to 1,494, along with 686 renewals.

In Trumbull County, 1,825 permits were issued in 2013, along with 1,379 renewals. In 2014, those numbers were 1,106 and 1,295 renewals.

In Columbiana County,1,387 concealed carry permits were issued in 2013, along with 505 renewals. In 2014, just 740 permits were issued, along with 608 renewals.

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