Ohio’s new concealed weapons law has produced only about half the applications that its backers predicted, says the Associated Press. The 88 county sheriffs, who issue permits, have given out about 22,000 applications since the law took effect on April 8, said Robert Cornwell of the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association.
Rep. Jim Aslanides, who sponsored the law, said he expected 100,000 applicants the first year. That figure is likely to be around 50,000, he said. Applicants must pass a background check and 12 hours of safety training. No explanation was offered for the lower figure.