DELAWARE, Ohio (WCMH)– A steady stream of applicants for concealed carry licenses keep Tim Dye busy at the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. So much so that the next available appointment is on the last day of February.
Dye is starting the new year with a new office. In order to be more accessible and more convenient for customers, the office was moved from the second floor of the Sheriff’s headquarters in downtown Delaware to a first floor office in the building next to the county jail on U.S. 42.
In 2015, the office processed 974 applications for new concealed carry weapons licenses and 751 applications for license renewals.
Sheriff’s Dept. Spokeswoman Tracy Whited says the CCW office stays busy year round.
“We saw one quarter in 2015 where we saw a big boom in new license applications…but overall our 2015 numbers are pretty much in line with 2014 numbers.”
Mike Contreras of Ostrander submitted his CCW application Monday morning. He says he’s had a gun for about six months and someone paid his tuition for the state required CCW class as a gift.
“I thought it would be interesting to find out a little more information especially with things that are happening and going on and now it’s the big talk, right?” Contreras said. “I went to the course and was very intrigued by it and kind of picked it up as a hobby.
“Will I carry it always? Probably not, but I think having that ability and that right to do it – I think is very important.”
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says fourth quarter CCW statistics for 2015 won’t be available until February.
In 2014, local sheriff’s departments issued 58,066 new CCW licenses. Another 52,146 were renewed.
Through the first three quarters of 2015, 51,201 new CCW licenses were issued. Another 34,242 were renewed.