COLUMBUS -- The number of new licenses to carry concealed firearms dropped in the first four months of the year compared to the same period in 2013, according to statistics released Tuesday by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
But the number of license renewals during first quarter increased from the year-earlier period.
For January, February and March, a total of 16,205 regular concealed carry licenses were issued, along with 15,832 license renewed. Another 350 licenses were suspended, 111 were revoked and 262 were denied. The results compared to first-quarter 2013 totals of 31,407 new licenses, 6,354 renewals, 283 suspensions, 64 revocations and 342 denials.
County sheriffs issued a record 145,000-plus concealed carry licenses last year.
The attorney general's office compiles quarterly and annual statistics on concealed carry license holders.
Among area counties:
• A total of 29 new licenses and 26 renewals were reported in Defiance County.
• A total of 51 new licenses and 74 renewals were reported in Fulton County, along with one license denial.
• A total of 46 new licenses and 36 renewals were reported in Henry County, along with one license suspension.
• A total of 14 new licenses and 11 renewals were reported in Paulding County.
• A total of 44 new licenses and 28 renewals were reported in Putnam County, along with two license suspensions.
• A total of 95 new licenses and 33 renewals were reported in Williams County, along with one license revocation and one denial.