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In Ohio, 1 in 16 people are licensed to carry a handgun!

Buckeye Firearms Association just reported on the Ohio Attorney General’s release of Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL) issued for the 2nd Qtr.

RESULTS:

  • 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.
Concealed Handgun Carry Chart for Ohio

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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! 🙂

#BlueLivesMatter

Count me in on the #BlueLivesMatter crowd. Our law enforcement officers have a tough job. They never know when they might die from the most innocent of calls. Their pay is low and some people give them little respect. Disgustingly, Don Lemon of CNN said he didn’t understand why he was expected to say “Sir” when speaking to officers. He’s a symptom of the problem.

This week two officers were videoed having to shoot law breakers. Naturally, the media and groups blamed the cops. Info has since been revealed that showed the shootings justified. The Baton Rouge guy had a rap sheet as long as your arm going back to the late 90’s. He had previously been charged with resisting arrest, was a sex offender, failed to register as a sex offender twice, charged with illegal possession of a gun, etc. He had a gun in his pocket, which could have been used to shoot the officers. (you can shoot a gun while it’s in your pocket – see video ) The guy in Minneapolis was stopped because he matched the description of a convenience store robber, not because of a broken tail light as his girlfriend said. He had a gun but the Sheriff checked and he does not have a Concealed Carry License as his girlfriend said.

Even though these stories have proven to not fit the narrative of Obama, Loretta Lynch and the liberals, they didn’t bother to learn the facts before stirring up trouble. Because of that 5 Dallas police officers lost their lives and 7 others were injured.

Over the years I’ve had very little interaction with the police. I’ve had some car accidents – none my fault – and a few speeding tickets – my fault. I’ve always found them to be professional and/or caring in the case of the accidents. It had been many years since I’ve had a speeding ticket but I got one last December. (whoops!) In this stop I noticed a major change in the officer’s actions.

I was on my way to the shooting range to take my 8-hour Concealed Carry class so I had my gun and ammo in the Jeep but separated as we’re supposed to do when we don’t have a CCL. I quickly got my driver’s license out to have it ready. I watched the officer approach my car via my side mirror. He had his right hand on his holstered gun. I thought how sad that he must do that, even though I’m an “over 70” grandma and it’s 9:30 in the morning. No matter, he can’t take a chance because his life depends on it. Before he said a word, I told him where I was going and the details about where the gun/ammo were so he would know I wasn’t a threat. That’s what we’re supposed to do.

While I didn’t like getting a ticket right before Christmas, it was my fault. I mostly felt bad that officers must assume that everybody they interact with may cause them harm. How would you like to have a job where you were in constant danger just by doing your job! It’s really sad what we’ve become.

Ohio’s Crime Rate Lower Than Nat’l Average

Columbus’ Business First had a link to a report on Safe Places to Live in Ohio. Although none of Central Ohio’s communities made the Top 20, three were between 20-25. Powell was ranked 21, Marysville ranked 23 and Dublin ranked 25. Upper Arlington ranked 31.

“In terms of feeling secure, Ohio’s crime rate is significantly lower than the national average. Between 2013 and 2014, both violent and property crime rates declined with some of the steepest drops occurring in the robbery and burglary categories.”

Glock 19 Gen 4The article said that Ohio’s Crime Rate is significantly lower than the National Average. Although not mentioned in the article, I wonder if Ohio’s open-carry law and the popularity of concealed carry licenses is due somewhat to lower crime rates.

Ohio Promotes Self-Defense

Buckeye Firearms Association posts many interesting articles. This week they had two that were interesting statistics for Ohio.

The first article reported on the current results of the FASTER program which trains school teachers to use a gun as well as other tactical maneuvers should an active shooter situation occur. Currently 63 counties have trained teachers with more signing up for future training. Read the complete article on Buckeye Firearms website.

Today they posted an 2015 Year-End update to the number of Concealed Carry licenses issued in the 4th Qtr per Ohio’s AG Mike Dewine. At the end of 2015 there are now close to 500,000 license holders. As the article notes, if you’re in a crowd of 18 people, chances are there is 1 person carrying. If the crowd is older and upscale the chances are greater. Read the complete article on Buckeye Firearms website.

Concealed Carry Chart

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Ohio NCIS Background Checks Up 20% vs 2014

EDIT: See Year-End Update Article

In October, I posted info on the increase of NCIS Background Checks performed for people purchasing guns. The number of requests has increased substantially since Obama became President, due to his well-known goal of eliminating guns, thus violating Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights. Every time he brings up the topic of gun control, sales of guns increase. Just recently, it was published that gun sales on Black Friday shopping day had the most background checks EVER for a single day. (The number of background checks do not indicate the number of guns sold since multiple guns could be purchased under one background search.)

I’ve updated the three charts to include Oct-Nov data now available on FBI.gov. The upward trend continues.

National Historical NCIS Background Checks. Red equals Obama’s tenure.

Historical NCIS National Background Checks

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National 2014 vs 2015 NCIS Background Checks.

National NCIS Background Checks 2014-2015

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Ohio 2014 vs 2015 NCIS Background Checks.

Ohio NCIS Background Checks 2014-2015

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Glock 19 Gen 4Buckeye Firearms just posted an article that some Ohio Sheriffs are suggesting that citizens with Concealed Carry Licenses (CCL) carry their guns with them. They’re also recommending that gun owners obtain a CCL in case they need to protect themselves. Link to article.