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How Many People in Your County Have a Concealed Carry License?

The answer isn’t easy to find.

Do you know how many of your neighbors have a license to carry a concealed weapon?

No? That’s because Ohio keeps those records private. 

The state releases a quarterly report of all the concealed carry licenses issued, renewed and suspended by county, but that’s as far as the breakdown goes. Information by city or zip code is not available. 

Representatives from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office told Patch, in response to a request to examine both counties' permit records, via email that the Ohio Revised Code allows journalists to view the list of license holders, but not to copy the information.

In May, Patch reviewed the list of permit holders in Portage County and found that, at the time, 11 percent of the 5,269 people legally allowed to carry a concealed weapon in Portage County listed a Kent address.

Ohio law defines the records as confidential. Journalists are the only individuals named in that portion of the law who are allowed to view the records and are defined as those employed by or otherwise connected to a news medium.

Not all states protect their gun permit holders’ privacy so well—a New York-based newspaper, The Journal News, recently sparked a debate when it published a map with the names and addresses of gun owners in nearby counties. The Huffington Post reports that critics said the map could put people with—and without—guns in danger. 

has formed in opposition to the newspaper’s map, saying it puts residents at risk. One of the examples given was that inmates in local jails now know the addresses of corrections officers. 

The numbers in Ohio

A total 290 people were issued concealed carry licenses in Portage County in the third quarter of 2012, according to the state. Of those, 44 licenses were renewed, none were revoked or suspended and two applications were denied.

According to the report released by the state, there were 560 regular concealed carry licenses issued and 208 renewed in Cuyahoga County in the third quarter of 2012. There were nine licenses suspended, 13 revoked and another 11 denied. 

In Summit County, there were 354 licenses issued and 107 renewed during that time. Ten licenses were suspended and 17 were denied. 

Overall, there were 13,949 regular licenses issued across Ohio in the third quarter of 2012. Another 3,447 were renewed. 

The most recent annual report from the state is for 2011. According to the report, the state had issued about 296,600 regular and temporary concealed carry licenses from April 2004—when the state began allowing concealed weapons—through the end of 2011. The reports do not include the number of total active licenses. 

What do you think? Should the state release more information about concealed carry license holders or is privacy critical in this case? Tell us in the comments. 

Myron Holley January 10, 2013 at 06:13 AM
Not enough carry the c.c.w.
Wilburforce January 10, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Total amount licensed and total revoked or denied could be helpful for general knowledge / citizens oversight. However Who, Why, When and how should be private info only available to LEO's
RogerW January 10, 2013 at 03:32 PM
There are some permit holders who are hiding from abusive and possibly deadly stalkers. To make their current address public may place them at extreme risk. Also, if you publish a list of armed indivuals and criminals now know who to avoid. It would be like having every gun owner place a sign on their front door saying "my neighbor is an easier target."
Brian January 10, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Why would the identityof a CCW holder be of interest?
William January 10, 2013 at 07:36 PM
It pointless to print such information. What good would it serve? This information should remain for law enforcement only! We all have a right to keep and bear arms if you chose not to than that is OK with me! I promise I wont tell you to buy a gun if you promise not to tell me I cant! It is time for Americans to find better ways to fix our country! The second amendment clearly states "shall not be infringed"! Perhaps we should worry that those in power so quickly will remove our right on one amendment, whats to stop them from going further in the name of the Children? like take away your freedom of speech because you might say something to make the Government look bad to the Children! Take away the freedom of the press because the Children might read something bad! You can see the point I am making our rights should remain as they were intended by our Founding Fathers!
Matt Fredmonsky January 10, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Just for the sake of clarity, Patch had no plans or desires to publish specific information, such as name and address, about CCW permit holders. We just wanted to give readers an idea of how Ohio manages its records.
William January 10, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Matt I figured that Kent Patch had integrity and would not stoop to such stuff! I find you and your staff to be very fair, Thank you!
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! January 10, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Wow, look how scared the gun toters get. Interesting. Fear is as fear does...
Teeey Rotondo January 10, 2013 at 09:04 PM
If I was a crook and needed a gun , I would go to a place that I knew they had them . To publisize who has ccw "s is to tell the world that they have guns , come and get them . I thought the idea of a ccw was to not let the bad guys know who is carrying so they might think twice about robbing someone . Robbers are ceooks but they are not always dumb . they look for an easy hit , not someone who might be able to protect them selves .
Linda UmBayemake January 10, 2013 at 09:16 PM
This feels like a violation of Privacy. Having a CCW is for protection of self and family not for some who would like to challenge just for the sake of challenge or an attempt at the five finger discount if they needed one without the wait. But that is only if the person does not carry their weapon. Me I would carry mine most of the time if I went out at time or out of town or state. Then again Kent is starting to get busy in the criminal activity arena. Thank goodness the Patch has integrity.
david allen January 10, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Let Cortez Oliver or one of those other Ravenna chimps show up on my doorstep in the wee hours of the morning and I will show you what I have.
Andrew Polcyn January 11, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Why? Why does it matter so much to you (or anyone else) if I have a ccw permit or not? And then if you find out I don't have one, then you're disappointed in me. Most people applying for a ccw these days are SCARED. I'm not.
Linda UmBayemake January 11, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Amen David Allen, I hear you. I will definitely call first.
Paul January 12, 2013 at 12:29 AM
I agree with the feeling of being violated by this loophole to allow journalists to view my name and address. What next, journalists can view but not copy people's medical records. Not all journalists have integrity.
Elspeth January 12, 2013 at 02:46 AM
The only time you should know if someone has a CCW is if they need to use their firearm. Concealed means concealed.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! January 12, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Why not? If you've signed up for a license you're playing by the rules, so why be afraid if someone knows you own a gun? Isn't the reason you have a gun to ease some of your paranoia/fear? Remember the Patriot Act? Phone tapping? What's the problem if you're not doing anything wrong? Do you have a drivers license? Someone can look that up. What if that someone wants to steal a car? They'll know you most likely own one since you have a drivers license. Oh, the humanity.
Sa;;y January 12, 2013 at 07:02 PM
I don't believe we should publish who has license to carry. I agree with previous posts that it sets you up for criminals to come and rob you of your weapons. We are getting way to carried away with thinking everything is everyone's business. Without being specific (for people who aren't already aware) we have records online that could jeapordize one's safety. I think this is just wrong. People are just nosy as hell and need to mind their own business.
Sa;;y January 12, 2013 at 07:03 PM
P.S. I do think all people who want to carry a gun should have to take an IQ test to get a license. Including law enforcement.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! January 12, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Don't you have guns to protect yourself from criminals who want to rob you. Why else do you own firearms if not for protection? And why would someone intentionally break into a house in which they know the owner/occupants are packin' heat? Why are you gun nuts so paranoid? I think letting everyone know through public record who the nuts are who run around with guns strapped to their bodies is a good deal. You can find out an awful lot through Ohio's public record laws. From licenses, titles, leins, who owns what in the county, criminal offenses, etc., it's all out there for the picking. Anything you post onto the internet, same deal. Public. And again, why are those with guns so afraid? What are you afriad of? When was the last time you needed a gun? When was the last time you used it to "protect" yourself by killing another human being with a gun? Why are you so sure you'll need to?

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