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