(FOX19) - The number of concealed carry permits issued in Ohio in the first two quarters of this year rival the number issued in all of 2012.
Numbers released by the state auditor's office show a total of 63,481 concealed carry permits have been issued from January of 2013 until June of 2013 in the state of Ohio.
In January through December of last year, 64,650 permits were issued.
With the exception of 2012, the 63,481 new licenses issued in the first six months of 2013 were more than in any single calendar year since concealed carry permits began being issued in 2004.
In the Greater Cincinnati area, permits were up over last year's numbers in Adams, Brown, Clermont and Hamilton Counties.