Buckeye Firearms Association just reported on the Ohio Attorney General’s release of Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL) issued for the 2nd Qtr.
- The 2nd Qtr showed a 65% increase over prior year.
- There are 550,000 valid Ohio CHL’s.
- Sheriffs issued almost 20 CHLs per hour.
- Sheriffs issued over 650 CHLs per week.
- If in a group of 16 people, odds are that 1 person has a CHL.
As the Buckeye Firearms article indicates, Sheriffs have been swamped with requests. The process to get a CHL is to take an 8-hour training/shooting class from an accredited instructor. (I took my training at Blackwing Shooting Center.) Once you have the certificate, you schedule an appointment with your local sheriff or the sheriff of a contingent county. You complete a background questionnaire, have an ID photo taken and are fingerprinted. The sheriff sends all the info for main processing in Columbus/Cincinnati where a thorough FBI background check is conducted. Once completed, they send your license to you which is similar in appearance to a driver’s license with your photo. It was about 7 weeks from the time I took the class until I received the license, but the Christmas/New Year holidays were in the middle so that likely added time.
Today it was announced there is a Bill to be presented that would alter the number of gun-free zones. Read about the proposed bill here.
Remember how the East Coast media freaked out when they learned Ohio was an open-carry State and they were afraid of “mass shootings” during the Republican Convention? Then nothing happened!