The number of concealed carry licenses issued in Ohio in the third quarter of 2013 has almost doubled from the previous year.
On Friday, Attorney General Mike DeWine released a report of concealed carry statistics, which showed that from July through September of this year, 32,618 concealed carry licenses were issued in the state.
Last year, 17,396 licenses were issued in the third quarter.
Reports on gun licenses are compiled quarterly and yearly. Sheriffs from each county in Ohio must send the number of new gun licenses issued as well as the number of renewed licenses to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.
This year, Lorain County alone saw 194 licenses renewed and 95 new licenses issued from July through September.
Stuart Canfield, the records office manager from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, said the increasing number of licenses issued in Lorain County could be a result of easier accessibility.
This year, the Sheriff’s Office increased the number of license application appointments from 18 appointments a week to 11 application appointments a day.
Canfield added that many people are renewing their licenses this year. Concealed carry licenses must be renewed every five years and, since the ability to obtain a license in Lorain County started in 2004, many people are renewing their licenses for the third time, Canfield said.