Ohio Governor John Kasich seems very likely to sign legislation that will significantly change the concealed carry law in Ohio. The bill was passed by massive votes in the state Senate (24-6) and House (69-16). The most significant change is in the amount of training, though it will mean that Ohio’s training requirements will still be much higher than the national average
- The number of training hours needed to obtain a concealed-carry permit would be reduced from 12 to 8, and at least two of those hours would have to consist of in-person training.;
- Scrap a rule that a concealed-carry permit applicant must be an Ohio resident for at least 45 days and a resident of the county for at least 30 days;
- Automatically recognize concealed handgun licenses issued by any state that recognizes Ohio’s licenses. Currently, such reciprocity only happens when the attorney general enters into a written agreement with another state;
- Make Ohio compliant with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, so anyone with a state handgun license doesn’t have to get an NICS check when they purchase a firearm;
- Prohibit concealed weapons licenses from being issued to people who hold a nonimmigrant visa or who have been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. military; and
- Establish a six-month grace period to renew a concealed handgun license for members of the military, AmeriCorps, or the U.S. Foreign Service — as well as their immediate family members.
Over the last five years the number of new licenses issue were 315,478 (general data available here). Licenses renewed were 94,910. Presumably, 2014 was another year in which permits were issued at a high rate. Minus the number of permits revoked (1,832) gives you a total of 408,565 permits. The revocation rate for any reason was 0.4%.
The lower training require should have a significant effect on the number of permit holders. The current $55 fee appears unchanged, and it continues to be near the national average.