How Many People in Cuyahoga County Have a Concealed Carry License?

The answer isn’t easy to find


Do you know how many of your neighbors have a license to carry a concealed weapon?

No? That’s because Ohio keeps those records private. 

The state releases a quarterly report of all the concealed carry licenses issued, renewed and suspended by county, but that’s as far as the breakdown goes. Information by city or zip code is not available. 

Representatives from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office told Patch via email that the Ohio Revised Code allows journalists to view the list of license holders, but not to copy the information. The code defines the records as confidential

Journalists are the only individuals named in that portion of the law who are allowed to view the records.

Not all states protect their gun permit holders’ privacy so well — a New York-based newspaper, The Journal News, recently sparked a debate when it published a map with the names and addresses of gun owners in nearby counties.

The Huffington Post reports that critics said the map could put people with — and without — guns in danger. 

has formed in opposition to the newspaper’s map, saying it puts residents at risk. One of the examples given was that inmates in local jails now know the addresses of corrections officers. 

The Numbers in Ohio

According to the report released by the state, there were 560 regular concealed carry licenses issued and 208 renewed in Cuyahoga County in the third quarter of 2012. There were nine licenses suspended, 13 revoked and another 11 denied. 

In Summit County, there were 354 licenses issued and 107 renewed during that time. Ten licenses were suspended and 17 were denied. 

Overall, there were 13,949 regular licenses issued across Ohio in the third quarter of 2012. Another 3,447 were renewed. 

The most recent annual report from the state is for 2011. According to the report, the state had issued about 296,600 regular and temporary concealed carry licenses from April 2004 — when the state began allowing concealed weapons — through the end of 2011. The reports do not include the number of total active licenses. 

What do you think? Should the state release more information about concealed carry license holders or is privacy critical in this case? Tell us in the comments. 

Ralph January 10, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Let's say I'm a bad guy and know about the list of gun owners. So I check the records to see which house has a gun owner and instead of robbing them, I'll go to the next door neighbor-OR-the bad guy wants to get a gun but can't because of a criminal record or some other reason, now he's got a shopping list on where to steal one. There's a few more reasons why publishing a list is a bad idea but I'll stop here. People that register their gun and apply for CCW are law abiding.
neil gordon January 10, 2013 at 08:48 PM
In my opinion, if you apply for and obtain a CCW license, you JUST MIGHT be a better citizen than one who has not. Before you get angry, think about it. You now have visible proof that you have little or no criminal record, no criminal abuse drug abuse history, no documented psychiatric or mental health issues, no domestic abuse history, no aggravated assault history and you are trained in the use of a handgun to defend yourself or your family. You now have a visible, identifiable, state issued card that shows you have very few, if any, skeletons in your closet. Check your wallet...can you prove the same if you were asked? Heck, a license holder can always choose not to carry a weapon at all. After all, it can be rather uncomfortable, there are tons of laws to keep in mind and your personal responsibility increases a hundred fold while you are carrying. Just remember, “necessity is the mother of invention”. When it becomes necessary, you now have a lot more self-defense options than one who has not. But no, with that said I don’t believe the state/city/county should publish license holders personal information for all to see.
David Bly January 10, 2013 at 10:28 PM
I think you both nailed it.. crooks know where 2 find guns.. just wait for the person to go to work. Now most sane people have gun safes. But there are those that can not afford it or landlord won't allow heavy item. So the crook just goes down the list till he gets lucky.. And look at any mass shooter and check his wallet.. bet there is NO ccw or nra card in there..
Sam January 11, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Almost nine years ago and for some time after that the Plain Dealer routinely published the names of CCW permit holders. They devoted considerable time, space , and effort to exposing those of us that that have CCW permits. I often wondered why they didn't publish the names of child molesters, rapists, and thieves that live among us. Apparently, they have their right to privacy but we didn't. I agree with the comments that preceeded mine. As to the Plain Dealer and thier obvious agenda to discourage people from getting CCW permits, all I can say is that I cancelled my subscription after my bird died and I no longer needed something to line the bottom of the bird cage.
tom m January 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Sam that is horrible .....why would you torture a poor bird by subjecting them to the plain dealer


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