30 E. Broad St., 17th Fl.Columbus, OH 43215-3428Telephone: (614) 466-4320Facsimile: (614) 466-5087www.ag.state.oh.us
February 10, 2006Dear Fellow Ohioan:
Almost two years ago, Ohio’s new concealed handgun law went into effect and for the rst
time, Ohioans could apply to their county sheriffs for a license to carry a concealed handgun.Since then, tens of thousands of law-abiding citizens have taken handgun safety courses from
certied instructors, applied for, and were issued, licenses to carry a concealed handgun.As the chief public ofcial charged with implementing the concealed handgun law statewide,my ofce has undertaken a number of actions pertaining to the concealed carry law.My ofce has answered thousands of questions from citizens and from law enforcement aboutthe law, created and maintained publications, a website, and electronic databases required by the
statute, processed criminal background checks, and provided in-person and online training and
assistance to sheriffs to help them fulll their obligations under the law.
Since the law took effect, members of my staff formalized reciprocity agreements with 16 otherstates to allow recognition of those states’ CCW licenses in Ohio and to allow Ohioans to carryconcealed weapons while outside the State, and developed processes to allow Probate Courts
and hospitals to report data regarding persons disqualied from receiving licenses for medical
My ofce has also issued advisory opinions concerning the law and defended the against court
Part of the sheriff’s responsibilities under the law is to report to the Ohio Peace Ofcer Training
Commission the number of regular and temporary emergency licenses they issued, the numberof applications they denied, and how many licenses were suspended or revoked. The Commis-
sion is required to compile those statistics and present them to the Governor and the leadershipof the Ohio General Assembly.I am pleased to present this second annual report to the Governor and leadership of the OhioGeneral Assembly on the activities in Ohio relating to the Ohio Concealed Carry Law.
Very Truly Yours, Jim Petro