CCW permits double in Ohio

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Jessica Cuffman
May 11, 2013

The number of Ohioans who have obtained concealed-carry permits has almost doubled across the state ever since the Sandy Hook shootings and ramped-up talks on gun control. 

The number of new permit holders in Erie County increased by 173 percent in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the same period last year, according to figures from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

In Ottawa County, the increase was even more significant: a 207 percent increase in the number of people receiving concealed-carry licenses, compared to the same period last year. Both counties topped the percentage increase statewide, 87 percent.

“Just statewide in general, the numbers are up,” Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said. “People are interested in exercising their rights under that state law to obtain a license.”

Part of the increase in Erie County may be attributed to the fact Sigsworth’s office accepts permit applications six days a week, with half days on Saturdays to accommodate the demand. People who apply for concealed-carry permits can apply in any county bordering their county of residence, Sigsworth said.

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In Washington, D.C., meanwhile, the debate over gun control continues, with President Barack Obama and others pushing to tighten gun access following the December massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Locally and across the nation, guns flew off of shelves and manufacturers were backed up as Americans reacted to proposals for stricter gun control, including proposed background check expansions, legislation that Congress failed to approve last month.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. 

Concealed Carry Licenses issued       First quarter 2012           First quarter 2013       % increase            2012 total        
Erie County                                                         301                                 822                               173                          1,221              
Huron County                                                      59                                    78                                  32                             222                 
Ottawa County                                                     94                                  289                               207                             430                  
Sandusky County                                              201                                 335                                 67                              599                 
Statewide                                                    16,823                                 31,407                           87                              64,650                 


Sharin' Johnson

When I goes shopping at Wal Mart I gotta lil secret. It makes me feel like a big man. Someday, I'll get the chance to be a hero, save the day.

Raoul Duke

Would Jesus carry?


He told His disciples to sell their cloaks and buy swords.


As a permit holder I feel that if you own any firearm you should be required to take the class, use the range, know your firearms and receive your permit card. It would be your choice to carry or not. This is not an infringement of rights issue, it is however common sense, you are required to test for a drivers license to operate a vehicle.

Pterocarya frax...

For once, I absolutely agree with you.

swiss cheese kat

Just imagine telling the press that they must abide by certain rules and pay for the right of free speech.

Whiskey Tango F...

If it were that simple I too would agree... However the information would be used for other reasons than intended. I would however agree to a longer more difficult class if it afforded me the option to carry across the entire us. If the federal government wants to control everything, then they can also reward the good behavior of responsible citizens by allowing us to exercise what we have already proven we are capable of handling.


I too would like to see an across the board federal permit, when traveling one has to know what states are allowing Ohio permits. It is not like it is a secret, any police officer that runs your drivers license has that big red flag pop up that you or the person that has that vehicle licensed is a permit holder.

Sharin' Johnson

U ever point it at anybody?


Not a smart idea, unless you plan to shoot that person!

swiss cheese kat

you must misunderstand the Second Amendment.

Sharin' Johnson

Don't get in a parking dispute wit dis dude!


In that situation one would go to jail, you must misunderstand the purpose and use of this right to carry????


So you're saying I need a class on owning firearms even though I'm a Veteran who served in a combat infantry unit? I don't think so.


No. Your military service could be considered the same as completing the required course. The same could be true for people completing a law enforcement program or have prior service a a law enforcement officer. i agree some sort of class should be required for gun ownership. The CCW class I took was pretty basic but it covered some of the topics that are generally misconstrued concerning home invasion, responsibilities of carrying a weapon, and the proper handling of various situations. The class was very enlightening and only was 1 day long. Not too much to ask.


First, thank you for serving. My buddy served two tours in Iraq and was in a few firefights himself and yet he has persued his permit. The class is maybe 25% firearms knowledge and the balance more on safety and laws. One of the first things I was taught is that your firearm is not a weapon! (A weapon, arm, or armament is any device used in order to inflict damage or harm to living beings) This is important if you ever have to defend your life and then it goes to court, a weapon is classified as aggressive where a firearm is a tool, never call your firearm a weapon is just one good thing I learned.


This is my rifle, this is my gun. This is for fighting, this is for fun.


LOL, I was just driving behind a van this morning that had those kid stickers on the window, 10 little munchkins, avid gunner : )

Sharin' Johnson

Kill a lotta people?

Simple Enough II

I disagree. This is a right, driving is a privilage.

Sharin' Johnson

A well regulated militia of one!


Where in the Constitution or Bill of Rights does it say that I must take a class to exercise my rights? You are comparing apples to oranges. The right to bear arms is just that, a Natural RIGHT. Driving a car on public roadways is considered a PRIVILEGE controlled by the state. Do I think it is a good idea to know how to use a firearm and keep proficient in its use if you have a permit? I sure do. Do I think the nanny state should tell me what I should do to exercise my rights? No, I don't. Besides the range time for the CCW is a joke. A 5 yr old with no experience and a blindfold could pass the shooting test.


You need to reread your post and others. The CCW class is not there to teach you how to shoot. It's more about safety and knowing the law. No one is challenging your right to own a gun.


Not quite. To the best of my knowledge, you don't have to have a license (or insurance, for that matter) to own a vehicle. You just have to have the license and the insurance if you take it out for a spin.

If you won't to compare driver's licenses and licensing to own firearms (trust me, you don't), then the only people who'd need licenses for firearms are those who take them out and about. You know, sorta like it is now?

Meanwhile, the REASON you don't want to compare the two licensing systems is simple: Where cars are concerned, you pass the test, you get the license. Your license is good in all 50 states. You don't undergo background checks or anything else (and those of us who SUPPORT background checks for purposes of illegal immigration are usually shouted down under cries of racism or "undue burden"). You can get one when you're 16. And you get to KEEP one even after you've made repeated mistakes (assuming, of course, those mistakes aren't TOO serious, and even then, you'll likely get more than one chance).

So next time you want to suggest guns be licensed "just like cars," you might want to think before you speak. One of these days, some of us are going to take you up on it!


The class is great,the list and record of those that participated in the class will be used against all of us at a later date.It would be way to easy for big brother or criminals to acquire the list of weapon owners and steal the guns or just take them.


I am not sure how valid that comment is! It is very possible that people who make the extra effort to take the classes and become certifier permit holders are more responsible people, people that are more aware of their surroundings, people that may have a home security system and other items for their own security. I read the list one time from Erie County, I knew a lot of these people and most were upstanding people that cared about things. Most burglars would rather go where there is an easy target and I am not sure if they would target a home that had a firearm or not, would it be worth it? They may stumble across firearms while breaking into a home and take them!'s+House.jpg


Owning a gun is a right.....driving a car is a privilege. That is why there will never be mandatory testing to own a gun.

Whiskey Tango F...

It is only a right if you abide by the laws. We are now more than ever subject to the old rule that a few destroy it for the rest. We also are led by individuals who honestly feel they can cure crime and mental illness with paper and pen.


Nice post!

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Mime Bloggling

" We also are led by individuals who honestly feel they can cure crime and mental illness with paper and pen."