Numbers from Attorney General Mike DeWine's office show that more than 16,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in the second quarter over the first.
For the second quarter of 2013 (April 1-June30), 48,032 concealed carry licenses were issued. Sheriffs in Ohio said 15,958 of those were renewals.
The Attorney General's Office compiles an 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.
In the first quarter, 37,761 total licenses — 6,354 of which were renewals — were issued, according to a prepared statement.
In half a year, that's a total of 63,481 licenses issued — which almost hits the yearly total of 64,650 in all of 2012.