(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost today issued Ohio’s Law on Concealed Handguns annual report showing that 132,385 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2019.
Ohioans only need a license to conceal a gun, Ohio law allows open carry of firearms.
According to the statistics reported to the Attorney General’s Office, county sheriffs issued 54,426 new licenses and 77,959 renewals. Permit holders who wish to renew their licenses must do so every five years. These numbers show about a 21% decrease in both renewals and new licenses.
Under Ohio law, county sheriffs are responsible for issuing concealed-carry licenses and renewing them, as well as suspending and revoking licenses.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office compiles this 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. Ohio county sheriffs began issuing concealed carry licenses in 2004.