Recently Cincinnati.com reported that more Ohioians than ever have their concealed carry permit. That is an amazing accomplishment considering that concealed carry in Ohio is only 12 years old and each year more and more people get their licenses. Very few are ever revoked or suspended. Back in 2004 I was one of those people that went out and applied for my ccw license once the law passed. Back then the class was 12hrs long and you could NOT carry concealed in a vehicle (you had to carry in ‘plain site’ inside a vehicle). The average person getting their license was those who were already familiar with guns and wanted to safe in public.
The students we see in our CCW classes cross all demographics. We have college students who want it for protection when leaving their workplace late at night. There are senior citizens that realize how vulnerable they are and want the option to carry a firearm. Then there are all the people in between that have families, their neighborhoods have become run down, and they want the option. Men and women, young and old are all able to exercise their right to self-defense by getting their concealed carry license.
Now in Ohio we have the castle doctrine and we are required to keep our pistols concealed in our cars.
Besides more ccw licenses the options for training are increasing. New shooting ranges, new training, and new research are all out. Unfortunately, it also requires the consumer to do their homework and ensure instructors are certified and conduct their classes to the highest degree of professionalism.
If you are thinking about getting your CCW licenses or are thinking about additional training check out OhioGunTraining.com. We have training for the beginner all the way to instructor level courses.
Here is the article from Cincinnati.com:
An unprecedented number of Ohioans now have licenses to carry concealed handguns.
According to statistics released by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, there are now more than 500,000 valid concealed-carry license holders in the state. That’s more than 4 percent of the total population.
The number of new permits issued in the first three months of the year — 36,118 — is a record for any quarter. That’s a 132-percent increase over the same period last year.
Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Association board of directors, says the increase is the result of a change in the law reducing the required training time from 12 hours to eight hours.
Ohio also honors an estimated 12.3 million concealed-carry licenses from other states.