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Q2 2016 CHL statistics; 65% Increase Over 2015 In Ohio

Ohio Attor­ney Gen­er­al Mike DeWine ® has released the Con­cealed Hand­gun License (CHL) sta­tis­tics for the sec­ond quar­ter of 2016 and it was anoth­er record-set­ting quar­ter. There are now 550,000 valid Ohio CHL’s and Ohio hon­ors an esti­mat­ed 12,300,000 more.

Stats at a glance:

  • For the first time, there are 550,000 active Ohio CHLs
  • 32,259 is the most ini­tial CHLs ever issued in the sec­ond quar­ter
  • This is a 65% increase over the same peri­od the pri­or year.
  • 47,360 total licensed issued is sec­ond only to 48,032 in Q2 of 2013
  • 11,276 renewals rep­re­sents an approx­i­mate 74% rate, slight­ly above aver­age
  • There are 5% more active CHLs than there were 3 months ago.
  • There are 19% more active CHLs than there were 1 year ago.
  • Sher­iffs issued almost 20 CHLs per hour.
  • Sher­iffs issued over 650 CHLs per week. (more than dou­ble his­tor­i­cal aver­age)
  • 1:16 odds an adult you see has a CHL.
  • Revo­ca­tion rate is about 0.4%

None of this is sur­pris­ing to Ohio con­cealed car­ry instruc­tors who have been swamped with demand for their class­es. We were wide­ly crit­i­cized for sup­port­ing a reduc­tion in required train­ing from 12 to 8 hours. The rea­son was sim­ple; we want­ed more peo­ple to get train­ing. The num­bers indi­cate that the new law is work­ing as we intend­ed.

It is always dif­fi­cult to assign spe­cif­ic rea­sons for behav­ior. Cer­tain­ly mul­ti­ple high-pro­file ter­ror­ist attacks inter­na­tion­al­ly and at home have con­tributed in people’s inter­est in being pre­pared and able to take care of them­selves and their fam­i­lies. Many peo­ple thought the ter­ror would end fol­low­ing Ramadan, but it is clear that ter­ror is some­thing we will have to deal with.

The two biggest rea­sons peo­ple with a CHL don’t car­ry their gun are Ohio’s bur­den­some laws on vic­tim zones (places a CHL is pro­hib­it­ed from car­ry­ing guns) and threat of ter­mi­na­tion from their employ­er. HB 48, spon­sored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ron Maag ®, and SB 180, spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Joe Ueck­er ®, would great­ly improve these prob­lem areas. Unfor­tu­nate­ly the Ohio leg­is­la­ture has not seen fit to move either of these bills on to Gov­er­nor Kasich.

Demand con­tin­ues to sup­port a the­o­ry expressed by Pro­fes­sor Bri­an Anse Patrick that demand has not lev­eled off, but is increas­ing over time. Con­cealed car­ry used to be most­ly hard core shoot­ers, but it has become increas­ing­ly pop­u­lar with soc­cer moms and oth­ers who just want to be safe in their every­day life. It is becom­ing main­stream.

Sher­iffs are up for elec­tion this year in Ohio. When you apply/renew your CHL take time to get to know your sher­iff or his/her deputy. Did they do a good job for you? Do they sup­port fix­ing our laws? Would you work on their cam­paign, or their oppo­nents?

We are now in our 12th year of con­cealed car­ry in Ohio. It is past time to ful­ly “de-Taft” our CHL laws and adopts a best prac­tice approach. While no large group of peo­ple is per­fect, the CHL-hold­er has proven to be con­sid­er­ably more law-abid­ing than the pop­u­la­tion at large.

This is an elec­tion year. We strong­ly encour­age you to work on cam­paigns of leg­is­la­tors who have improved our laws. If your leg­is­la­tor is not liv­ing up to your expec­ta­tions, this sum­mer is a great time to let them know.

Polit­i­cal strength comes through num­bers. We ask all CHL’s to con­sid­er a mem­ber­ship to Buck­eye Firearms Asso­ci­a­tion or a dona­tion to BFA-PAC.

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