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Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Carry allowed with my Ohio permit?
No
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703k
Permits Issued
50
STATES HONORED
38
RECIPROCATING STATES
11.7M
STATE POPULATION
21
MINIMUM AGE TO CC
36
ATTORNEYS IN USCCA NETWORK
6%
PERMIT PERCENTAGE
5
YEARS PERMIT VALID
238
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Summary of Ohio Gun Laws

Ohio is a shall-issue state with concealed weapons permits issued at the county level by the county sheriff in the applicant’s county of residence.

There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual.

Open carry is legal in Ohio without a permit except in vehicles or in businesses that sell alcohol. The minimum age for possession of a handgun is 21 years old. Some areas, including vehicles, are off-limits without a permit. 

Concealed carry is legal with a license/permit. Residents 21 years of age and older can obtain an Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL). They must have completed eight hours of firearms training and meet other criteria to qualify. A new law took effect on November 5, 2018 allowing current and former servicemen and women to obtain an Ohio CHL without paying the fee or going through a concealed carry class. In addition, active duty members of the armed forces of the United States valid military identification card and documentation of successful firearms training that meets or exceeds that required of Ohio licensees do not need to obtain an Ohio license. Non-residents can obtain a CHL if they work in Ohio. In terms of reciprocity, Ohio will honor permits issued by any state or jurisdiction.

Ohio Law provides that a person is justified in using force if he or she “reasonably believed that the force was necessary to prevent injury, loss, or risk to life or safety.” Ohio adheres to the Castle Doctrine, meaning that you don’t have a duty to retreat before using force in your residence or vehicle. As of March 28, 2019, HB 228 is in effect and Ohio’s ‘Castle Laws’ presume that the homeowner/vehicle owner has acted in defense of another or self defense when applying deadly force to someone who has intruded into their home or vehicle. Therefore, if the homeowner is charged, the prosecution would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused person did not use the force in self-defense, defense of another, or defense of that person’s residence, as the case may be. 

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Ohio Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Ohio allow constitutional carry?

No. Ohio is not a constitutional carry state.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Ohio?

Yes, without a permit. Any person who is at least 21 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry.

[Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.125]

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Ohio requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Ohio is a shall-issue state.

[Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.125(D)(1)]

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Ohio to get a concealed carry permit?

The minimum age to carry concealed handguns in Ohio is 21.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Ohio with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No. Ohio law does not allow the concealed carry of weapons other than handguns.

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Ohio?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit.

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Ohio issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes, only for persons who work in Ohio.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Ohio allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No. The public has no access to Ohio's concealed carry registry.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Ohio?

Yes, with a valid concealed carry permit. Without a permit, a handgun is required to be unloaded and carried in a compartment that can be reached only by leaving the vehicle or in plain sight and secured in a rack or holder made for the purpose.

[Ohio Rev. Code §§ 2923.125 and 2923.16]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Ohio?

Yes. Ohio allows concealed carry at roadside rest areas.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Ohio?

Yes, with a valid concealed carry permit, although the buildings are off-limits. However, it is illegal to discharge the concealed firearm.

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Ohio?

Yes, with a valid concealed carry permit, unless posted and as long as you consume no alcohol.

[Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.121]

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Ohio have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

A business entity, property owner, or public or private employer may not establish, maintain, or enforce a policy or rule that prohibits a person who has been issued a valid concealed handgun license from transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition when both of the following conditions are met:

(1) Each firearm and all of the ammunition remains inside the person's privately owned motor vehicle while the person is physically present inside the motor vehicle, or each firearm and all of the ammunition is locked within the trunk, glove box, or other enclosed compartment or container within or on the person's privately owned motor vehicle;

(2) The vehicle is in a location where it is otherwise permitted to be.

[Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.1210]

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Ohio?

Yes. The licensee shall remain in the vehicle and keep his hands in plain sight at all times and have no contact with the firearm.

[Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.16]

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Ohio have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No. There is no maximum handgun magazine capacity restriction in Ohio.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Ohio have ammunition restrictions?

No. Ohio has no restrictins on handgun ammo.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Ohio? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

Yes. The owner or person in control of private land or premises, and a private person or entity leasing land or premises owned by the state, the United States, or a political subdivision of the state or the United States, may post a sign in a conspicuous location on that land or on those premises prohibiting persons from carrying firearms or concealed firearms on or onto that land or those premises. Except as otherwise provided in this division, a person who knowingly violates a posted prohibition of that nature is guilty of criminal trespass in violation of division (A)(4) of section 2911.21 of the Revised Code and is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If a person knowingly violates a posted prohibition of that nature and the posted land or premises primarily was a parking lot or other parking facility, the person is not guilty of criminal trespass under section 2911.21 of the Revised Code or under any other criminal law of this state or criminal law, ordinance or resolution of a political subdivision of this state, and instead is subject only to a civil cause of action for trespass based on the violation.

If a person knowingly violates a posted prohibition of the nature described in this division and the posted land or premises is a child day care center, type A family day care home or type B family day care home, unless the person is a licensee who resides in a type A family day care home or type B family day care home, the person is guilty of aggravated trespass in violation of section 2911.211 of the Revised Code. Except as otherwise provided in this division, the offender is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the person previously has been convicted of a violation of this division or of any offense of violence, if the weapon involved is a firearm that is either loaded or for which the offender has ammunition ready at hand or if the weapon involved is dangerous ordnance, the offender is guilty of a felony of the fourth degree.

Per Sec. 2923.1212,  posted signs must contain a statement in substantially the following form: "Unless otherwise authorized by law, pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, no person shall knowingly possess, have under the person's control, convey, or attempt to convey a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance onto these premises."

[Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126]

Preemption?

Does Ohio have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state, except municipalities may restrict the discharge of firearms. As of March 28, 2019, HB 228 is in effect allowing anyone adversely affected by a local ordinance in conflict with state firearms laws can bring a civil suit against the locality.

[Ohio Rev. Code § 9.68]

Red Flag Law?

Does Ohio have a red flag law?

No. Ohio has no Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) legislation.

Carry while using alcohol or prescription medication?

Does Ohio have laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication?

Not while consuming or under the influence.

[Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.121(d)]

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Ohio?

No. A permit is not required when purchasing a handgun in Ohio.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Ohio?

No. It is recommended that you retain any sales receipts to prove ownership of the gun.

Waiting Period?

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Ohio?

No. Ohio has no waiting period for handgun purchases.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Ohio?

No. Ohio does not require handguns to be registered.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Ohio?

21 years old. 18 years of age for Active Duty Member of the Armed Forces of the United States who has received firearms training that meets or exceeds the training requirements described in division (G)(1) of section 2923.125 of the Revised Code.

[Title 29: 2923.21 & 2923.211]

Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Ohio?

Yes. A person possessing a valid concealed handgun license may carry a concealed handgun while hunting, but it may not be used to shoot, shoot at, or kill any wild animal.

[Ohio Hunting & Trapping Regulations]

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in Ohio?

Yes, with a valid concealed handgun license.
(1) Archery
(e) It shall be unlawful for any person hunting deer with a longbow or crossbow to possess any firearm. This paragraph does not prohibit a person from carrying a concealed firearm under the authority of a valid Ohio concealed carry license issued pursuant to sections 2923.125 and 2923.1213 of the Revised Code or a valid conceal carry license from a state with a reciprocity agreement with Ohio to carry concealed handguns, or who comply with federal legislation HR218, "The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004.

[OAC 1501:31-15-11v1(C)(1)]

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State Constitutional Provision
The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power."
ARTICLE 1, § 4

Ohio Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Ohio honor?

Alabama (at least 21 years old)
Delaware (at least 21 years old)
Florida (handguns only)
Indiana (at least 21 years old)
Maine (at least 21 years old)
Missouri (at least 21 years old)
Montana (at least 21 years old)
New Hampshire (at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (at least 21 years old)
Utah (at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (at least 21 years old)

Ohio will honor valid permits issued by any state or jurisdiction.  The minimum age is 21 years old.

Per the Attorney General's concealed carry weapon manual effective November 5, 2018, Ohio has agreements with other states to recognize one another’s concealed handgun licenses. An Ohio resident may carry a concealed handgun under the license of another state within Ohio as long as there is a valid reciprocity agreement with that state. An Ohio resident carrying the license of another state without a reciprocity agreement must obtain an Ohio license within 6 months of becoming an Ohio resident. 


Other States' Reciprocity With Ohio

Which states honor permits from Ohio?

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Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Ohio

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Colorado (resident permits only)
Florida (resident permits only)
Michigan (resident permits only)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only)
South Carolina (resident permits only)
Texas (issued/renewed on or after 3/23/15)
Wisconsin (issued/renewed on or after 3/23/2015)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Ohio Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years old;
  • Be an Ohio resident for at least 45 days and a resident of the county in which you are applying, or the adjacent county, for at least 30 days;
  • Be employed in Ohio If you live in another state;
  • Be legally living in the United States;
  • Have completed an approved firearms training class (training is waived for active duty military and retired and honorably discharged veterans with proof of military firearms experience);
  • Not have had a suspended concealed carry license from another state;
  • Not be a fugitive from justice;
  • Not be under indictment for, and has not been charged with, convicted of or pled guilty to, a felony;
  • Not have been convicted of, pleaded guilty to or adjudicated a delinquent child for domestic violence;
  • Not be under indictment, be charged with or convicted of any felony, trafficking in drugs, any other drug-related crime, a misdemeanor offense of violence, negligent assault or assaulting a peace officer;
  • Not, within 3 years prior to your application, have been convicted, pleaded guilty to, or been adjudicated as delinquent in connection with a misdemeanor offense of violence;
  • Not have been charged with falsification of a concealed handgun license;
  • Not be subject to a civil protection order or a temporary protection order of an Ohio court or a similar protection order issued by another state;
  • Not have been convicted, pleaded guilty to or been adjudicated as delinquent in connection with two or more assaults or negligent assaults within 5 years of application;
  • Not have been convicted, pleaded guilty to or adjudicated as delinquent in connection with resisting arrest within 10 years of application; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

Initial permit for >5 year Ohio residents: $67  Renewals $50

Initial permit for <5 year Ohio residents: $91 Renewals $74

Fees are waived for current and honorably discharged veterans.

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

45 days

Application:
Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Granted only for non-residents who are employed in Ohio. The process is the same as for residents.

Name/Address Changes:

Ohio law requires you to notify the county sheriff’s office at which you obtained your concealed carry license within 45 days after a change of address. This process, required by law, modifies the record held by our agency in the event you need to be contacted regarding suspension, revocation, or administrative purpose. If you wish to obtain a CCW license with your new address and/or name change you may do so by scheduling an appointment. Some counties have a change of address form, but that varies. A $15 fee is required.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

Your county sheriff must be notified within 45 days that your license has been lost or stolen. He or she will also require a police report that states you have reported your license stolen or missing. The replacement fee is $15.


Ohio Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Ohio Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete a firearm training course if required.

Step 2:
Step 3:

Take the following documents to your local sheriff’s office:

  • Completed application form;
  • Copies of firearms training certificate; and
  • Passport-style color photo, taken within last 30 days.

Your fingerprints will be taken.
Pay the fee.

Step 4:

You will be notified by mail within 45 days if your application has been approved.


Firearms Training Requirements in Ohio

The total time required for training is 8 hours with a minimum of 2 hours of in-person training that consists of range time and live-fire training.

The law requires certified training in the following matters:

• The ability to name, explain, and demonstrate the rules for safe handling of a handgun and proper storage practices for handguns and ammunition;
• The ability to demonstrate and explain how to handle ammunition in a safe manner;
• The ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary to shoot a handgun in a safe manner;
• Gun-handling training.

Additionally, you must have two hours of in-person training, including range time and live-fire experience. The applicant also must complete an examination that tests his competency. The test must include a written section on the ability to name and explain the rules for the safe handling of a handgun and proper storage practices for handguns and ammunition. The exam must include an in-person physical demonstration of competency on handgun usage and rules for safe handling and storage of a handgun. It also must require a physical demonstration of the attitude necessary to shoot a handgun in a safe manner.The training and written exam may be completed online or as a combination of in-person and online training. The online portion of the training must include a component that regularly engages the person.

There are training exemptions for active or reserve members of the armed forces, those that have retired from, or were honorably discharged, or retired highway patrol troopers, retired peace officers or federal law enforcement officers and who, through the position, acquired experience with handguns or other firearms that was equivalent to the minimum educational requirements. 

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Ohio Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Ohio Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Renewal applications can be submitted no sooner than 90 days prior to the expiration of your current CCW license or anytime after the expiration of your current CCW license. Non-residents must still be employed in Ohio to renew a license. If no longer employed in Ohio then your CCW license is valid until the expiry date. If your license has expired, you are prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon until you receive your renewal license from the Sheriff.

Step 2:
Step 3:

Take the following documents to your local sheriff’s office:

  • Completed, but unsigned, application form (you will sign it there in the presence of the Sheriff’s Office Notary);
  • You must have your fingerprints electronically scanned through the WebCheck system, or a 10 print fingerprint card if WebCheck is unavailable; and
  • A valid picture identification card (driver’s license, state identification card, retired law enforcement or corrections identification card or military identification card only).

Pay the fee.

Step 4:

You will be notified by mail within 45 days if your application has been approved.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

The state of Ohio does not issue LEOSA identification cards. Ohio is home‐rule state and local police departments and sheriffs’ offices decide individually upon the issuance of LEOSA identification cards. Retired LEOs can qualify and re-qualify with their concealed firearms in the law enforcement agency they retired from but they will have no identification to prove it out of state. Out-of-state LEOs can request to qualify under Ohio standards for LEOSA to an Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission-approved instructor. The Lucas County website provides the procedure for retired LEOs.

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Ohio Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Ohio?
  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license?  No.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes, although the buildings are off-limits.
  • Carry in day care centers and home day cares? Yes, unless the facilities post a sign prohibiting guns.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Ohio?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • school safety zone which includes a school, school building, school premises, school activity and school bus;
  • A child day-care center and Type A or B family day-care home;
  • Any premises owned or leased by any public or private college, university or other institution of higher education (based on a settlement agreement, Ohio State University now allows the storage of firearms in locked vehicles on campus);
  • A police station, sheriff’s office or state highway patrol station or premises controlled by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation; 
  • A courthouse or another building or structure in which a courtroom is located;
  • The state capitol buildings
  • A state correctional institution, jail, workhouse or other detention facility; 
  • Any secure areas of an airport passenger terminal; 
  • Any state institutions for the care and treatment of mentally ill persons or state institutions for the care, treatment and training of persons with intellectual disabilities;
  • Any premises that sells liquor or open-air arena for which a Class D liquor permit has been issued, if you are consuming beer or intoxicating liquor or are under the influence;
  • Any church, synagogue, mosque or other place of worship, unless the place of worship posts or permits otherwise;
  • Any property (including vehicles) owned by private employers that prohibit firearms;
  • Any state government buildings, unless the governing body permits otherwise; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)


FAQ: Ohio Concealed Carry Questions

What Are the Knife Laws in Ohio?

Ohio law allows for the ownership and open carry of any type of knife. Concealed carry statutes in Ohio do not specify any type of knife, other than ballistic knives, that one may not carry concealed. Instead, it makes it illegal to conceal carry any deadly weapon. The courts have called everything from a pocket knife to a steak knife a “deadly weapon.” The test however, is whether the instrument is deadly AND is made or modified to be a weapon or is being carried as one.


Ohio Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2019-09-09

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-13

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-07-26

Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table

2019-05-24

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

2019-05-02

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

2019-04-19

Links checked

2019-04-01

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

2019-03-25

Added info about OSU settlement regarding firearms in locked vehicles in Where I Can't Carry section

2019-03-12

Added HB 228 info to General section and to Preemption in At A Glance table

2019-02-20

Added info to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

2019-02-15

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

2019-02-09

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

2019-02-06

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

2019-02-01

Added info to

2019-01-24

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

2019-01-22

Added church info and statutory reference to location restrictions section

2019-01-15

Added info in reciprocity section regarding OH residents ability to carry non-resident permits.

2019-01-10

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

2018-12-13

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

2018-11-30

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

2018-11-08

Added change regarding fees and training waivers for military.

2018-10-22

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Ohio

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