According to a report from the Ohio Attorney Dave Yost, Adams County saw an increase in concealed-carry licenses in 2020 from previous years.
Last year, 431 new concealed-carry licenses were issued, 246 were renewed, five were suspended, and four were denied in Adams County. In 2019, 180 new concealed-carry licenses were issued.
In 2020, the state of Ohio issued more than 96,892 new licenses. In addition, more than 72,340 licenses were renewed. “By any measure, Ohio’s concealed-carry licensing system has succeeded in combining safeguards that protect the public and provisions that uphold Americans’ right to bear arms and protect themselves,” said Attorney General Dave Yost. “County sheriffs, the backbone of the program, deserve credit for its success. In 2020, they issued 169,232 licenses, up 27.8% from the year before. They also rejected 1,777 applicants who failed to meet state mandated requirements and revoked 429 licenses for causes including felony convictions and mental incompetence, as required by law.”
County sheriffs are responsible for issuing concealed-carry licenses and renewing them, as well as suspending and revoking licenses.
In order to obtain a concealed-carry license in the state, an applicant must complete eight hours of training by a certified instructor, including two hours of range time and live-fire training, and passage of a criminal background check. Licenses expire five years after the date of issuance or renewal.
Ohio lawmakers introduced a bill the last year that if passed would eliminate the need for permits to carry a concealed weapon.