There are more guns on the streets than ever before and criminals beware, tens of thousands of those belong to law abiding citizens.
The Columbus Dispatch says Ohioans didn't need the deadly theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado to decide to buy a gun or get a concealed weapons permit. Ohioans buying guns has trended upward for years ever since the CCW law went into effect in 2004.
The report says there is a perception that violent crime is increasing in Ohio when the data actually shows it decreasing. The conceal carry permits have increased in Allen County and Allen County Sheriff Sergeant Alan Mefferd says violent crime may be on the decrease, but residents are worried about burglaries and home invasions.
The FBI ran the 7th most background checks in the U.S. on Ohioans in the first half of this year. That's an 18 percent increase from 2011. It is possible that nearly 3 percent of all Ohio adults have conceal carry permits and the big increases in Allen County started in 2008.
Allen county has 381 new permits and renewals thru the first half of this year, compared to 435 total all of last year.