Concealed Carry: How Many People in Lorain County Have a Concealed Carry License?

The answer isn’t easy to find.

Do you know how many of your neighbors have a license to carry a concealed weapon?

No? That’s because Ohio keeps those records private. 

The state releases a quarterly report of all the concealed carry licenses issued, renewed and suspended by county, but that’s as far as the breakdown goes. Information by city or zip code is not available. 

Representatives from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office told Patch via email that the Ohio Revised Code allows journalists to view the list of license holders, but not to copy the information. The code defines the records as confidential. Journalists are the only individuals named in that portion of the law who are allowed to view the records and are defined as those employed by or otherwise connected to a news medium.

Not all states protect their gun permit holders’ privacy so well—a New York-based newspaper, The Journal News, recently sparked a debate when it published a map with the names and addresses of gun owners in nearby counties. The Huffington Post reports that critics said the map could put people with—and without—guns in danger.

has formed in opposition to the newspaper’s map, saying it puts residents at risk. One of the examples given was that inmates in local jails now know the addresses of corrections officers. 

The numbers in Ohio

Overall, there were 13,949 regular licenses issued across Ohio in the third quarter of 2012. Another 3,447 were renewed. 

The most recent annual report from the state is for 2011. According to the report, the state had issued about 296,600 regular and temporary concealed carry licenses from April 2004—when the state began allowing concealed weapons—through the end of 2011. The reports do not include the number of total active licenses. 

In Lorain County, 958 CCW licenses were issued in 2011, four “temporary emergency licenses” were issued and 106 were renewed. Twenty-two licenses were suspended, three were revoked and three were suspended. Thirteen individuals were denied permits.

In the last quarter of 2012, 86 regular concealed carry permits and one temporary emergency license were issued. Two licenses were revoked.

According to the report released by the state, there were 560 regular concealed carry licenses issued and 208 renewed in Cuyahoga County in the third quarter of 2012. There were nine licenses suspended, 13 revoked and another 11 denied.

What do you think? Should the state release more information about concealed carry license holders or is privacy critical in this case? Tell us in the comments.

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David January 09, 2013 at 12:15 PM
None of my business or anyone else's business.
Gary Yingling January 09, 2013 at 01:08 PM
David is correct. This is a matter of one's protection and that of their loved one's. I can only hope that if a member of my family's life is threatened that someone is there who is legally carrying.
Avon-Laker January 09, 2013 at 02:42 PM
I would like to know who has a conceal-carry permit. If permit owners are not doing anything wrong there is nothing to fear. I think the state should also publish how many guns each owner has.
opinionsarelikenoses January 09, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Avon Laker....VERY stupid idea. It would be a ticket to paradise for any criminal hoping to get a gun for nothing...How about we publish your financial net worth, how much money you keep in your home and how much in jewelry you keep in your home. If you aren't doing anything illegal to make that money, you should have nothing to fear!
J Johnson January 09, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Very well stated by opinionsarelikenoses!! Concealed carry holders have been well screened and checked with strict guidelines and rules. Why are people against LEGAL carriers?? Let's make harsher penalities and enforce them against ILLEGAL activities!!
Jim Strang January 09, 2013 at 08:18 PM
A modest proposal: How 'bout you publish the names of those residents who do NOT have a concealed-carry permit, with an asterisk indicating those willing to volunteer that they have no firearms in their homes? What? You don't want people to know that you are unarmed? Why? If there's no reason to own a gun, why don't you take pride in your faith in humanity and proclaim your gun-free status to the world? Or are you content to ride on the ambivalence created by your armed neighbors? You don't believe in private ownership or concealed carry, but you are perfectly content to let the bad guys (and gals) think you just might, after all, have a piece in your pocket or purse? Doesn't that carry just the slightest whiff of hypocrisy?
MZ January 09, 2013 at 08:32 PM
**** (Four star comment) for Jim Strang.
MZ January 09, 2013 at 08:36 PM
I would like to know who doesn't have a conceal-carry permit. I think the state should also publish a list of everyone who doesn't have a gun. -signed, the criminal looking though Avon-Laker's window at night
Avon-Laker January 09, 2013 at 11:15 PM
we have more guns per capata than any other country ..and also more murders i want to know who is carrying a gun in public
Accwholder January 10, 2013 at 08:44 AM
avon-laker come and try to pick my pocket and you'll find out who is carrying a gun.
MZ January 10, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Do you really think the criminals will tell you they have a gun (unless of course they are in the process of sticking it in your face)? Do you really think the criminals will register their weapons? Lawful gun owners are not the ones committing crimes and murders. The criminals are, and they don't care about the laws. As for your last comment, Ohio is an open carry state. Would you feel better if I didn't conceal and carried out in the open? I conceal because I don't want to scare people like you. You may have however struck gold. Perhaps it would be better if everyone just open carried all the time. I have often thought about doing exactly that. If I do, please promise that you won't wet yourself or call the police when you see my firearm on my hip.
A Lifetime Resident of Avon Lake January 11, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Feel free to publish my name and address as a LEGAL and responsible gun owner in Avon Lake. Better yet put my name in bold print! This will discourage anyone with any common sense from breaking into my home in the middle of the night, encouraging them to go elsewhere, like Avon-Laker's homer where they will be met with a victim pleading for their life, instead of staring down the barrel of a wepon of self-defense.
MZ January 11, 2013 at 02:01 PM
ALROAL, I think you may be on to something here. A list made publically available of all the lawful gun owners might be better than a sign hanging on my front door that says "the locks on these doors are there for your protection." Perhaps some resourceful programmer can develop an app that shows the criminals who has a gun (and therefore who doesn't). Most criminals are cowards and not interested in being met with like force, so they will likely bypass my house and head over to Avon Laker's. While we are at it, they should also publish how much ammo is owned and how many hours are spent at the range. This will certainly provide additonal needed info to keep the criminals safe. If the criminal knows that a.) the homeowner is armed, b.) the homeowner has ammo, and c.) that the homeonwer practices and is likely a good shot, the criminal will certainly go after a softer target. Proud to say that not only am I a good shot, but my wife can dot your eye from 50 yds. I can't wait to take the kids shooting when they are responsible enough to do so.
Abacus Bob January 12, 2013 at 03:01 AM
To Avon-Laker Actually the US is way down the list with numbers of murders per capita...4.2 per 100,000...less than China, Russia, Cuba etc. and many more. You really should check you facts or not make up statistics to suit your needs.
Patch reader January 13, 2013 at 08:56 PM
"What do you think? Should the state release more information about concealed carry license holders" Absolutely not. Unless the goal is to help criminals steal weapons from legally licensed gun owners. If you have gone to the trouble to have a background check and taken a CC class then you aren't they type of person I am worried about.
A Lifetime Resident of Avon Lake January 14, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Fact: Over 95% of all gun-related crimes are committed using illegally obtained firearms. So some suggest we print a "shopping list" telling these criminals where they can find more weapons to use against us. Most likely against those whose homes are not mapped as owning a weapon of self-defense. This is insane!!!! Do these people know what they are asking for? The very people who request this information are those who will targeted. I may lose a gun if a criminal knows I have one in my home, but they may lose a lot more if it is used against their defenseless families. So...they will know where to find a gun, thanks to a published map; will break into these homes and take them, look again at the map again and find a defenseless target down the street where they can use it without any fear of confrontation. If your idea of self-defense is dialing 911 from your iPhone, that is your choice. It is not mine. Avon Lake and Avon have both been in the paper lately as cities where home invasions and burglaries are an increasingly commonplace, including kidnappings committed by Avon Lake residents. I suggest those who want addresses published, begin by volunteering their own address as one where no means of self-defense exists. So Avon Laker, will you be the first to volunteer yours to the Avon Lake Patch for publication? You want to see mine. Why not stop your hypocrisy, and step forward and do as you want others to do?


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