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Ohio Gun Laws

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Ohio is relatively unrestrictive for individuals looking to obtain a conceal carry permit. You must be a resident aged 21 and have completed 8 hours of training to meet the qualification criteria.

If you work in Ohio but don’t reside there you can obtain a conceal carry permit and you can also carry a firearm with any valid out-of-state permit, even if there’s no reciprocity agreement with Ohio.

There’s an exemption for military who are posted in Ohio.

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Ohio Gun Laws Quick Facts

Open Carry Permitted? Yes
Carry In Vehicle? Yes
Carry In State Park? Yes
Carry In Restaurants? Yes
Constitutional Carry? No
No Weapon Sign Enforced? Yes
Must Notify Officer? Yes

Ohio CCW Reciprocity List

States Honoring CCW

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

States NOT Honoring CCW

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington

Honors These States CCW Permits

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

How Reciprocity Works In Ohio

Ohio will automatically recognize a valid concealed carry permit from any other state. It is not necessary that there is a reciprocity agreement between the states for the permit to be recognized. The law also gives Ohio the right to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states.

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Reciprocity Agreements In Ohio

Currently Ohio has entered into reciprocity agreements with 22 other states. There are 12 states that will not honor an Ohio permit. All the reciprocity agreements can be viewed at the Ohio Attorney Generals website.

Ohio: Where Is CCW Allowed?

Places Allowed

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • Airports non secure area
  • Day-care centers unless the day-care center has posted a “no-guns” sign
  • School premises if locked in a motor vehicle
  • Private aircraft
  • Business entities, property owners or public or private employers cannot ban anyone who has been issued a valid concealed handgun license from transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition when the items are locked in a person’s privately-owned motor vehicle on company property
  • All areas of the state – except those listed as off-limits.

Places Not Allowed

  • Police stations
  • Sheriffs’ offices
  • Highway Patrol posts
  • Premises controlled by BCI
  • Correctional institutions or other detention facilities
  • Airports secure areas
  • Facilities for the care of mentally ill persons
  • Courthouses or buildings in which a courtroom is located
  • Universities, unless locked in a motor vehicle
  • Colleges can decide for themselves if concealed carry is allowed
  • Government Bodies can decide for themselves if concealed carry is allowed
  • Places of worship, unless the place of worship permits otherwise
  • Child Day-Care Centers (Only If Posted)
  • Schools, but OK if locked in vehicle on school premises
  • Licensed Class D liquor permit premises, if you are consuming beer or intoxicating liquor or are under the influence
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Ohio: Conceal Carry Laws

Open Carry

Yes

WITHOUT A PERMIT Open carry in Ohio is legal without any license. However, you will need a permit to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

Carry In Vehicle

Yes

WITHOUT A PERMIT Without a concealed carry license you may not have a loaded handgun in the vehicle. Motorcycles fall under the definition of motor vehicles. As of September 30, 2011, firearms are no longer required to be carried in a holster, on the person while in a vehicle. (SB17) As of September 30, 2011, firearms are no longer required to be in a closed case, bag, box, or other container that is in plain sight and that has a lid, a cover, or a closing mechanism. (SB17) As of September 30, 2011, firearms are no longer required to be securely encased by being stored in a closed glove compartment or vehicle console, or in a case that is locked. (SB17) The Law 2923.16

Carry In State Parks

Yes

It is legal to carry in the following areas; State Parks: YES Buildings are off limits State/National Forests: YES Buildings are off limits State Wildlife Management Areas: YES Buildings are off limits Road Side Rest Areas: YES

Carry In Restaurants

Yes

“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol. It is illegal too carry a firearm if you have been consuming Alcohol. If you have consumed alcohol you are not allowed the weapon on your person or in a vehicle. You will need a permit to carry a firearm in Class D liquor premises. The Law Sec. 2923.121

Constitutional Carry

No

No Weapon Signs Enforced

Yes

Ohio gun laws give “No Weapons” signs the force of law. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.

Must Notify Officer

Yes

MUST INFORM OFFICER Ohio gun laws say – “If a person is stopped for a law enforcement purpose and is carrying a concealed handgun as a CCW licensee, whether in a motor vehicle or not, he shall promptly inform the law enforcement officer that he is carrying a concealed handgun. If in a vehicle, the licensee shall remain in the vehicle and keep his hands in plain sight at all times and have no contact with the firearm.” The Law Sec. 2923.16

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