In case you missed it, a new round of data came out this week supporting the fact that more and more Americans continue to embrace their God-given right to self-defense. In the Midwest states of Ohio and Minnesota, reports were released showing that the numbers of men and women in those states seeking concealed carry permits are on the rise, which reflects the upward trend we’ve been seeing elsewhere across the country.
Numbers on the Rise
In Minnesota, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension reports 66,053 five-year permits to carry were issued in 2018, a 20 percent increase from 2017. And in Ohio, a record concealed carry licenses were issued in 2018, according to a recent report from the Ohio attorney general’s office. According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the concealed carry law is working as intended:
The number of license holders has expanded steadily statewide since the law’s introduction in 2004. Currently, about 667,000 Ohio residents possess a concealed carry license, according to the Buckeye Firearms Association. The licenses must be renewed every five years. For the most part, the law seems to be working, according to officials at area sheriffs’ offices. Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Doug Hunter said there was a lot of anxiety among law enforcement professionals and in the general population when the law took effect. “There were many [who] felt that there would be gunfights in the streets, but that’s not been the case,” Hunter said. “These are people [who] are voluntarily taking training.”
First Line of Defense
That law-abiding Americans are responsible gun owners does not surprise any of us. We also know that responsibly armed Americans are often the first line of defense in stopping bad guys. We saw that again just this past week at a liquor store in Houston, Texas. Two employees were working when armed suspects entered the store. Fortunately, one of the employees had a concealed permit and was carrying his gun. Click2Houston reports that one of the suspects shot at the employees, and the armed employee responded by opening fire. He wounded one of the suspects, who managed to flee the building only to die outside. The second suspect was arrested a short time later.
Quote of the Week
“There were many [who] felt that there would be gunfights in the streets, but that’s not been the case. These are people [who] are voluntarily taking training.” — Wayne County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office Capt. Doug Hunter on Ohio’s concealed carry law
Data Point You Should Know
- There are now more than 18 million Americans with concealed carry permits, up from 11 million less than five years ago.