“A record 25,474 concealed-carry gun permits were issued in Ohio during the third quarter this year,” timesreporter.com reports, “a 59 percent jump over the same period in 2015. In addition to making it likely the state will set a new record for the year, the quarterly statistics released Wednesday by Attorney General Mike DeWine mean that about 1 in 16 adults in the state has a concealed-carry permit.” [Click here for the official report.]
According to The Buckeye Firearms Association, Ohio is home to 574,000 active permit holders. While that’s more people than you can fit in TTAG’s secret above ground bunker, the half-million-plus state-sanctioned concealed carriers account for just eight percent of the adult population. A stat that raises an interesting question: at what point is gun ownership secure?
Gun ownership is “becoming mainstream,” said Jim Irvine, president of the Firearms Association,and concealed-carry instructors are “swamped with demand for their classes.”
“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,” he said.
Soccer Moms are liberty’s safest place? Who knew? Meanwhile, it’s become increasingly clear that concealed carry liberalization — don’t you just love that expression? — leads to larger numbers of Americans exercising their right to bear arms. Which leads to more liberalization.
Ohio legislators have approved several laws in recent years reducing restrictions on concealed-carry permits and increasing locations where guns can be carried.
Senate Bill 199, which is awaiting Gov. John Kasich’s signature, will allow permit holders tobring guns on college campuses, day-care centers and some unsecured government properties. However, college and university trustees, city councils and county commissioners would have to authorize carrying concealed handguns.
The bill also says employers won’t be able to prohibit workers from storing guns in theirvehicles on workplace parking lots ” a provision opposed by business groups including the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Also, active military personnel who have weapons training can carry concealed handguns without a permit.
If only this were California. Or Hawaii. Or New Jersey. Etc.