COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- The number of Ohioans getting new concealed carry permits continues to rapidly increase.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office, reports that in the third quarter of 2013, the state issued 18,705 new licenses. That's up over the 13,949 issued from July to September of 2012.

In the first nine months of 2013, 82,186 new licenses were issued, more than in any single calendar year since concealed carry permits began being issued in 2004. In 2012, the year with the previous highest amount, a total of 64,650 new licenses were issued.

The Attorney General's Office compiles an annual report as required by law about the number of licenses issued each year. Each sheriff must report concealed handgun license statistics quarterly to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission within the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

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