CLEVELAND – According to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the number of gun owners seeking a concealed carry permit is growing.
As of December 2012, more than 310,000 Ohio residents had been issued a CCW permit and that number is expected to climb at a higher rate in 2013.
Concealed carry classes in northeast Ohio are seeing an expanding number of students. Kim Rodecker, owner of Concealed Carry Courses LLC in Cleveland reported a 150 percent increase in the number of students taking his class.
“I think more and more Ohio gun owners are concerned about potential changes in federal gun laws,” Rodecker said. “People are worried they might not be able to get their CCW permit in the next several months.”
Ronald Pace is one of Rodecker’s CCW students, a 20-year gun owner who is taking action because of the ongoing debate over gun laws on Capitol Hill.
“One of the things was the fear that I may lose this opportunity,” Pace said. “That’s why I need to take it now.”
The number of CCW permit applicants have grown to such an extent it forced the Lake County Sheriff”s Department to take action.
More than 100 applicants flooded the Lake County CCW office last week, causing Sheriff Daniel Dunlap to limit the number applicants that can be processed per day.