Is Your Ohio Neighbor Packing Heat? (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose

March 1, 2013 Updated Mar 1, 2013 at 6:58 PM EDT

PAULDING, Ohio (www.incnow.tv) -- Ohio has issued more licenses to carry concealed weapons than ever before.

Ohio started tracking these licenses in 2004, and new statistics show county sheriffs issued nearly 79,000 licenses to carry concealed weapons in the buckeye state last year.

12,000 people renewed their licenses, as they must every five years, and a record 64,000 people were granted new permits.

To get one, Ohio requires you to go through 12 hours of training, including what to do when approached by an officer, and submit to three styles of background checks.

In Paulding County alone, from 2011 to 2012, the numbers doubled. And for the first two months of this year, 2013 is on pace to double the number of concealed carry permits over last year.

The sheriff says a lot of people tell him they're concerned they'll lose gun rights under President Obama's administration and want to protect themselves.

"You know I think with both reasons, one, with the potential gun law changes, and two, people just wanting to be more prepared to protect themselves and their property. It's sparked a rise in our carry concealed licenses," says Sheriff Jason Landers.

Ohio has reciprocity agreements with and recognizes concealed carry permits from with 23 other states, including Michigan, but not Indiana, because Ohio's training requirements are more stringent.

So you need to make sure you carry the correct paperwork with you if you cross the border.

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