“Fewer concealed-carry permits were issued in Ohio and Richland County last year,” bucyrustelegraphforum.com reports. “The state issued more than 47,000 new licenses in 2010, down 16 percent from the year before, according to data released Wednesday by the Ohio Attorney General’s office. Ohio issued 14,000 renewals last year for a total of 61,000 licenses.” The stats for the last few years show a remarkable surge in concealed carry permit applications, triggered by liberalized concealed carry laws across the land. BUT the growth in CCW permit’s down to existing gun owners taking the show on the road. That’s a finite population. Only a certain number will apply. Many will drop out. To wit . . .
Almost a quarter-million Ohioans have obtained a permit to lawfully carry a handgun in public since 2004. However, the total number of active licenses is unknown, according to Dan Tierney, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office.
“The numbers are not reported in such a way to have a (total) number of licenses that are in effect,” he said, referring to the statute that governs what data is maintained on licenses.”
So, 250k CCW permits over the last seven years in a state with a population of 11.5m, with a significant non-renewal rate (yielding 61k active licenses). Again, how many of those who have valid permits actually carry is a whole ‘nother story. For comparison, less than two percent of Texans carry concealed.
Unless the firearms industry reaches out to newbies, the CCW business will eventually plateau. Not soon, as new states come on line, but eventually.