MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Sheriff’s Office issued 605 new concealed carry licenses in 2016, according to a recent Ohio Attorney General report.
On Wednesday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released a report indicating that more than 158,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2016, the largest number since licenses were first issued in 2004.
The Miami County Sheriff’s Office also renewed 245 CCW licenses, suspended 21, and denied four applications in 2016.
In 2015, the Miami County Sheriff’s office issued 547 new concealed carry licenses to residents.
In Shelby County, the sheriff’s office issued 1,639 new licenses in 2016, compared to 658 in 2015.
Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said the county is working to make the CCW license process more efficient in 2017.
“My goal is to have the turnaround to issue the CCW permits as quickly as possible and we are moving in that direction,” Duchak said. “My goal is to always try to keep it within a week and I think we’ll make it when we get to full staff.”
In 2016, all sheriff offices adjacent to Miami County issued more new CCW permits in 2016: Champaign with 1,008; Clark with 853; Darke with 1,024; and Shelby County with 658 permits.
Duchak said how fast a person can obtain their permit depends (Bureau of Criminal Investigation) computer issues as well as paperwork and background checks, which vary from person to person.
“It’s pretty easy and seamless if everybody has their correct documentation, if we don’t have any issues with the databases and making quick returns if there’s no criminal history,” he said. “I think it varies because all of us have different budgets, different populations — it just varies.”
Duchak noted the sheriff’s office CCW clerk, Susan Reed, passed away last December and they are currently filling her position to issue permits. Two clerks currently are splitting the CCW permit process at this time as they train a new CCW clerk this spring.
“Rene Ingle and Carol Foster stepped up and are performing the duties and they are getting them out in a timely manner, and I look for that to dramatically increase when we get someone trained,” Duchak said. “Unfortunately, we lost Susan to illness and that set us behind, but they are getting them out as quickly as possible considering we are understaffed and we are going through the hiring process now.”
Duchak said the law allows up to 45 days for the sheriff’s office to complete the application process, background checks, and fingerprinting to issue the permit. Duchak said the process currently can take 7-10 days and the office goal is to get the process down to a week or less in the future.
“I’m confident once we get this person hired and trained we’ll get it down to a week, which is reasonable due to the background checks. I’m confident we’ll get to a week or less soon,” Duchak said.
Miami County Sheriff’s Office currently has an appointment-only CCW permit process. Sheriff Duchak said once staff is in place, the office may be able to expand to a walk-in department in the future.
Applicants can also obtain their CCW permits in adjacent counties where some departments accept walk-ins, such as Montgomery and Shelby counties. For example, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office offers Saturday hours for walk-in CCW permit applications.
According to their websites, Clark and Darke County sheriff’s offices also take CCW permit applications by appointment only.
According to Ed Mason, a Champaign County Sheriff’s Office clerk, their office requests that applicants call ahead for availability. Mason said the county’s court security processes CCW permits as its court docket allows. Mason said permits issued in Champaign County can vary from a week up to two weeks at this time.
“There are 88 counties, so there are 88 different ways of doing the same thing,” Mason said. “We do get quite a few applicants from Miami County for their CCW permits.”
Any person residing in Miami County or an adjacent county needing to renew or obtain a CCW permit must schedule an appointment by contacting the Miami County Sheriff’s Office CCW office at (937) 440-6095 or firstname.lastname@example.org between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All CCW appointments take place at the Miami County Incarceration Facility, 2042 N. County Road 25-A, Troy.
Duchak said the CCW office was moved to the IF for ample parking, and serves as a more centralized location for the county.
“We are trying to make it as efficient, quick, and get in and out as we can, the turn around time will continue to decrease as get staffing in place,” Duchak said.
According to statistics reported to the Attorney General’s office, county sheriffs in Ohio issued 117,953 new licenses and 40,982 renewal licenses in 2016, or 158,982 total licenses, the largest in a single year since licenses were first issued in 2004. The previous record for new licenses issued and total licenses issued was in 2013, when 96,972 new licenses and 145,342 total licenses were issued. The record for renewal licenses was in 2014 when 52,146 licenses were renewed.
The Attorney General’s Office compiles an annual report as required by law about the number of licenses issued each year. Each sheriff must report concealed handgun license statistics quarterly to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission within the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
To learn more about Ohio’s concealed carry laws or to view this year’s report and other statistics, please visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/ConcealedCarry
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