Skip to comments.Few conceal-carry permits revoked, records show (OH)
Posted on 08/15/2006 9:25:51 AM PDT by neverdem
Sheriffs keeping reasons for suspensions, revocations secret
Two years after Ohio sheriffs began issuing licenses allowing residents to carry concealed guns, few of those licenses have been suspended or revoked.
Supporters of the law say the statistics prove that the training and screening required for applicants are preventing licenses from being issued to those likely to commit crimes or misuse the weapon.
Others say the statistics dont reveal enough, because the law forbids the release of information about whose licenses were pulled and why.
"Those with the concealed-carry licenses have been good, law-abiding citizens," said Robert Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association. "The worst-case scenarios that were put out there about the gunfight at the OK Corral didnt come to fruition."
Of the 73,530 licenses issued from April 2004 through the first quarter of this year, sheriffs offices reported 391 suspensions and 217 revocations. That means roughly one of every 121 licenses was suspended or revoked.
More than half of the 100 revocations issued statewide this year came from the Cuyahoga County sheriffs office after accusations that dozens of license-holders were trained by a weapons instructor who didnt provide the training required by state law.
The instructor has been charged with 46 felony counts of forgery and 23 felony counts of tampering with records.
But the reasons for other suspensions and revocations are largely a mystery. The concealcarry law Ohio legislators enacted keeps private most of the information about license-holders.
"I look at the stats and it doesnt tell me a lot, because it doesnt tell why they were suspended," said Toby Hoover, executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence.
The law requires sheriffs, whose offices issue the licenses, to suspend the license of anyone arrested or charged with certain crimes, including any felony, drug offense or domestic-violence offense. A court-issued protection order against the license-holder also results in suspension.
The license is to be revoked if the holder is convicted of a disqualifying crime or moves out of the state. There also are prohibitions on those judged mentally incompetent or drug or alcohol dependent.
The law restricts the release of information about the licenses to journalists, whose access is limited to the names, birth dates and county of residence for license-holders. News organizations have argued that information on the licenses should be open to the public.
Sheriffs offices in Franklin and Cuyahoga counties cited state law last month in denying a Dispatch request for copies of notification letters the offices have mailed to those whose licenses were suspended or revoked.
Supervisors in both offices said they are confident that the system for identifying licenses that must be suspended or revoked is working.
Franklin County has issued 2,957 licenses, suspended 11 and revoked one since the program began. Cuyahoga County has issued 1,906, suspended 16 and revoked 57.
State Rep. James Aslanides, a Republican from Coshocton who was chief sponsor of the legislation allowing Ohioans to carry concealed guns, has opposed the public release of any information about license-holders, saying it endangers them and their families.
"I have argued that records are too open when it comes to those who have the licenses, but whether they are too closed on revocations and suspensions is another argument," he said. "Id rather have journalists have access to the revocations and suspensions than information about all license-holders."
Agreed. See my post here. We think it's the ideal carry gun. As for price, yes it is pricey. On the other hand, a Benz is pricier than a Chevy.
If I were to carry one of the ultralights, I'd practice live fire with my P226 stainless in 9mm, and mostly dry fire the junior to reinforce its working characteristics. Then again, if I can't shoot one box of ammo in one session, then it's not for me. IMO
The fact is that CCW holders are arrested at a lower rate than cops or clergymen.
Ditto that. I almost never shoot .357 in my Ruger. I punch paper with .38 spl.
Good point. That is another example of why I'd be curious as for the reasons for revocations.
I'll second that recommendation and add a nod to the CZ RAMI for an even smaller package.
Oh....Ok...well...I'd have a purse......
Where is the best place to buy? Store or gun show?
Saw my signature did ya?
It's very common on FR to include several folks in responses on the same topic.
Almost went with the RAMI, AJ, but got a good deal on a barely used P-01.
My new CZ-97 arrived the other day: glossy blue! `04, dealer had trouble locating. Beeyootiful piece but haven't been able to shoot it yet.
Fawn, I buy from an established gun dealer. You know where to find him if you need him.
(Just as I take my children to a reputable tattoo parlor ;-)
Two words: Purse Snatcher.
Find somewhere else to hide your gun. :-P
Good choice, but I like the earlier PCR model and the XD45 for winter carry (the CZ-97's grip is just toooo big).
I have big hands, but you're right--I still prefer the trigger in single action mode. It's a big boy, heavy, too, with the steel frame and loaded magazine.
I ordered a vertical shoulder holster from Ross. Do you have any recommendations for SOB carry? Some mfrs don't even make for CZs.
Sorry, can't help with SOB. I use a FIST K1 or K7 IWB.
Thanks. I've heard others recommend FIST, will check out.
I've got a Bianchi back holster for my hi-power I really like, but they don't make for CZ.
So a false accusation of domestic abuse from a bitter spouse going through a divorce will result in suspension.
A false accusation of domestic abuse from a bitter spouse in a divorce will result in you *losing your right to own firearms, period, without a fair trial* - see US v. Emerson. This is Federal law, and Ohio is just mirroring that.
Thank Chuckie Schumer for that one.
I sell guns in South Florida. I think you are way out of my area, so I don't expect a sale, but Freepmail me.
Thought that was Lautenberg?
Like they're not interchangeable...
(You're right, of course - Schumer did support it, though.)
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