County Sheriff’s Offices across our great state issued 168,302 concealed-carry licenses in 2018.
Of those, 98,927 were renewals, an increase of 83 percent from the year before, and 69,375 licenses were new, a 10 percent decrease. Denials were rare — 1,436 in total, for a rate of 0.9 percent. Under Ohio law, County Sheriffs are responsible for issuing concealed-carry licenses and renewing them, as well as suspending and revoking licenses. Every quarter, the Sheriffs report those statistics to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission, part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. This yearly compilation is sent in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 109.731(C). Read on for more state totals and a county-by-county breakdown of the statistics. If you have questions, please contact my office.
Ohio Attorney General
Ohio CCW Course Information
Before you obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun, you will need proof of your competency certification. Competency can be
established by providing one of the following: A certificate of completion of a firearms safety course that was offered by or under the auspices of a national gun advocacy organization. A sheriff issuing a license must determine if an organization qualifies. Bee Safe maintains an OPOTA training academy which offers Ohio CCW Classes to those wishing to obtain the CCW Permit.
The course must meet certain minimum educational requirements (See the section of this publication titled, “Minimum Educational Requirements” for additional information about the specific areas that must be covered in training.); or A certificate of completion of a class that was open to the public that used instructors approved by a national gun advocacy organization or Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC), or approved instructors of another state and was offered under the authority of a law enforcement agency of Ohio or another state, college, or firearms training school that meets the minimum educational requirements; or A certificate of completion of a state, county, municipal, or Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) peace officer training school that is approved by the executive director of OPOTC that complies with the law’s training requirements and meets the minimum educational requirements; or A document that shows the applicant is an active or reserve member of the armed forces, has retired from, or was honorably discharged, or is a retired highway patrol trooper, or is a retired peace officer or federal law enforcement officer and who, through the position, acquired experience with handguns or other firearms that was equivalent to the minimum educational requirements; or A certificate of completion of a class not otherwise described in this publication that was conducted by an instructor who was certified by an official or entity of Ohio, another state, the United States government, or a national gun advocacy organization that complies with the minimum educational requirements; or An affidavit from a qualified instructor that attests to the applicant’s completion of a course that satisfied the minimum educational requirements; or A document that shows the applicant has successfully completed the Ohio Peace Officer Training Program contained in ORC 109.79. Retirees from the military and those honorably discharged from the armed forces do not need to submit proof of firearms training.