ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Concealed Carry permits issued in 2016 were one of the highest since conceal carry licenses began in 2004.
The State of Ohio had 118,000 new permits issued while Muskingum County had 1036 new concealed carry permits issued. Ohio had 41,000 concealed carry licenses renewed and Muskingum County renewed 272 licenses.
“I come to work and I’m signing [permits] just about everyday at some point,”Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said. “You know it seems to be continuing since the legislation was passed to be allowed to have the [Concealed Carry Weapon] permits and obviously those trends are continuing to go up.”
The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office also takes Concealed Carry Weapon permit applications from non Muskingum County residents.
Sheriff Lutz’s opinion for the growth in Concealed Carry classes and permit applications is due to the fact that people are more open to seeing negative events happen around the state and country and they in turn want to protect themselves.
“The Second Amendment’s always been very important to Ohio and Southeastern Ohio especially is a huge fire arms part of the state,” Sheriff Lutz said. “You know, we get a lot of support from the folks around here.”
The United States Constitution protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms through the Second Amendment. According to Sheriff Lutz every state will follow the Second Amendment, but they can also have some differences in their law. For those carriers who like to travel out of Ohio should check the Muskingum County Sheriff’s website at ohiomuskingumsheriff.org and click on the Concealed Carry tab. On the Concealed Carry Law page will be a ‘Ohio Concealed Carry Reciprocity Agreements’ link that will lead to ohioattorneygeneral.gov. On that page will be a map providing information on other states and whether they follow Ohio’s reciprocity law or not.
For carriers that may be pulled over, Sheriff Lutz suggests to tell the officer first that you are a carrier and if you do or do not have the weapon on you. For those who have a Concealed Carry License, the license will associate with the carriers vehicle ownership. So once a carrier is pulled over in their own vehicle, dispatch will run the license plate and recognize the owner has a Concealed Carry Weapon license.
“Obviously in all traffic stops, we recommend that you put both hands on the wheel. If you get your registration, insurance card, and drivers license, quickly and have [the items] in your hand and your hands on the wheel, we like for that to happen,” said Sheriff Lutz. “You do have to disclose that you have a [Concealed Carry Weapon] and most times when they’re in their own vehicle, we’re going to know [they’re carriers] by running their tag.”
For anymore information on Muskingum County’s Concealed Carry Law check out their website ohiomuskingumsheriff.org or call Captain Jeff LeCocq at 740-452-3637.