The state has issued as many permits in the first six months of 2013 as they did during all of 2012.
The number of concealed carry licenses in Ohio continues to climb.
During the first half of 2013 the state issued 63,481 new licenses. That's nearly the number issued during all of 2012 when 64,650 licenses were issued.
"I don't see any indication it's slowing down," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
In just the second quarter of 2013 alone DeWine's office reports 48,032 concealed carry licenses were issued. That is an increase over the first quarter when county sheriffs issued 37,761 licenses.
DeWine says the number of licenses issued in the first six months of 2013 were more than in any single calendar year since concealed carry permits began being issued in 2004.
"Some people are concerned about guns being taken away from them, some people are concerned about crime. It also could be just more comfort with the whole process of concealed carry," he said.
DeWine doesn't see the increasing numbers as a sign that Ohio is becoming less safe. He points out that most of the people who get the licenses are law abiding citizens who have to complete a 12-hour training course. He says many license holders don't even carry their weapon most of the time.