The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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April 28, 2014

Report: Fewer limits, more concealed guns in Ohio

MANSFIELD — More Ohioans are carrying concealed guns and with fewer restrictions 10 years after the state began allowing concealed carry guns.

The number of new concealed carry permits issued to Ohioans has increased, doubling since 2010. Sheriff’s offices last year issued 96,972 new concealed handgun licenses, according to the newspaper.

Since 2004, sheriff’s offices have issued more than 458,000 new concealed handgun licenses, according to annual attorney general’s office reports. That represents about 5 percent of the state’s adult population, assuming everyone renewed licenses and none were revoked.

The biggest remaining restriction is “no gun zones,” the newspaper reported.

“A gun-free zone is a terrible thing,” said Jim Irvine,” chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association.  He said criminals will target gun-free zones because they know they won’t be stopped by a person with a gun.

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