First batch of CCW renewals in Ohio

Sheriff ready for concealed carry renewals

The Licking County Sheriff’s Office is bracing for an influx of concealed carry license holders seeking renewals in the coming weeks, Sheriff Randy Thorp said.

In 2004 — the first year Ohioans were allowed to carry concealed firearms — 507 licenses were granted, Thorp said.

“It’s a very good possibility that all those folks — I would have to assume that at least a good number — are going to come back in and reapply,” he said.

A total of 1,204 concealed carry licenses have been issued in Licking County, which is in the center of Ohio.

Get this:

Newark police Sgt. John Brnjic said concealed carry has not posed many problems for his department either, but he added it still makes officers uncomfortable.

When license plates are run before a traffic stop, Brnjic said other units respond when the driver has a CCW permit, just in case.

“The minute you hear ‘CCW,’ officers pay a little bit more attention,” he said.

They automatically send another unit when they pull over someone who is a CCW holder?

Gas for Guns in Cleveland

Cleveland Offers $100 Gas Cards for Guns

Armed residents can give up their guns and get gasoline cards worth $100 at the pump. The first 450 people who show up at Cleveland’s convention center Saturday and surrender a working handgun will receive a card.

The effort collected 421 guns.

There’s nothing wrong with this sort of program, and I guess it’s even possible that some unintentional harm could be avoided because of them. But all the articles on the effort note that the homicides are up in Cleveland this year, and that the neighborhood where the drive took place is “battling a crime wave.”

I wonder how many criminals turned in guns that they intend to use for crimes.

No. I don’t really wonder. I know the answer.