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Summary of Ohio Gun Laws

Ohio is a shall-issue state with concealed weapons licenses issued at the county level by a county sheriff.

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 license except in vehicles. Since open carry is not addressed in state statutes, the Federal minimum age for possession of a handgun of 18 years old applies.

Concealed carry is legal for residents with an Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL) and non-residents with a valid state license/permit. Residents 21 years of age and older can obtain a CHL. They must have completed eight hours of firearms training and meet other criteria to qualify. Current and former servicemen and women are able to obtain an Ohio CHL without paying the fee or going through a concealed carry class. In addition, active duty military with a valid military identification card and documentation of successful firearms training that meets or exceeds that required in Ohio 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. 

Self-Defense

Ohio adheres to the Castle Doctrine and based on the Governor’s signing of SB 175 on January 4, 2021, is now a “stand your ground” state. There is no duty to retreat before using force in self-defense, defense of another, or defense of that person’s residence provided the person is in a place that the person has the lawful right to be. You must have a real belief that you were in immediate danger of death or great bodily harm and that the use of deadly force was the only way to escape the danger. Deadly force may only be used to protect against serious bodily harm or death.

Immunity from Civil Liability
Ohio’s self defense laws presume that a person has acted in defense of another or self-defense when applying deadly force if that person is in a place in which the person lawfully has a right to be. Therefore, 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.

[Ohio Rev. Code §§ 2901.09, 2901.05]

 

Ohio Gun Laws at a Glance

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 license. Any person who is at least 18 years old and legally entitled to possess a firearm can open carry.

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Ohio requires a license to carry a concealed firearm, how are those licenses 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 license?

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 license (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 license.

Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray?

Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in Ohio?

Yes. Pepper spray is not considered a "deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance" in Ohio. It must be used for justified, self defense only.

MAGAZINE LIMITS FOR HANDGUNS?

Does Ohio have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No. There is no maximum handgun magazine capacity restriction in Ohio. However, Ohio includes within the definition of “automatic firearm” any semi-automatic firearm designed or specially adapted to fire more than 31 cartridges without reloading (other than a firearm chambering only .22 caliber short, long, or long-rifle cartridges).

AMMUNITION RESTRICTIONS?

Does Ohio have ammunition restrictions?

No. Ohio has no restrictions on handgun ammo.

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Carry in Vehicle?

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

Yes, with a valid concealed carry license. Without a license, 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 with a valid concealed carry license.

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 license, although the buildings are off-limits. However, it is illegal to discharge a concealed firearm in state parks. See the National Parks webpage for links to each Park in Ohio.

Carry in Bars/Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

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

Yes, with a valid concealed carry license, unless posted and provided you are not consuming beer or intoxicating liquor or are under the influence of alcohol or a drug of abuse.

[Ohio Rev. Code §§ 2923.121(B)(1)(e) and 2923.126(B)(4)]

Carry/Possess at a hotel?

Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in Ohio?

Any owner of private property 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. The individual hotel should be contacted to inquire about it's concealed carry policy. See the Handguns at Hotels page for additional information.

[Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(C)(3)]

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 have a policy 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:

  • Each firearm and all of the ammunition remains inside the person's privately owned motor vehicle while the person is 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; and
  • The vehicle is in a location where it is permitted to be.

[Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.1210]

Key State Laws

Duty to Inform Officer You're Carrying?

Do you have a duty to inform a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Ohio?

You have a duty to inform a law enforcement officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Ohio. In addition, 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(E)(1)]

DRIVER'S LICENSE LINKED TO Carry License?

Is my Ohio driver’s license linked to my Ohio carry license?

Yes. Your Ohio driver’s license is linked to your Ohio concealed handgun license. Therefore, a law enforcement officer will be notified immediately that you are a concealed carry license holder if they run your driver’s license.

"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 person in control of private premises, and a private person leasing premises owned by the state, the United States, or a political subdivision of the state, may post a sign prohibiting firearms on or onto that land or those premises. [Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(C)(3)(a)]

For locations designated as off-limits even with a valid permit/license, 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."

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 state has preemption. The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state, except municipalities may restrict the discharge of firearms. Anyone adversely affected by a local ordinance in conflict with state firearms laws may bring a civil suit against the locality.

[Ohio Rev. Code § 9.68]

Red Flag Law?

Does Ohio have a red flag law?

Ohio does not have a red flag law.

Brandishing?

Does Ohio state law define brandishing?

No definition of brandishing was found in Ohio law.
However, no person shall knowingly cause another to believe that the offender will cause serious physical harm to the person or property of the other person, the other person's unborn, or a member of the other person's immediate family. In addition to any other basis, the other person's belief may be based on words or conduct of the offender that are directed at or identify a corporation, association or other organization that employs the other person or to which the other person belongs.

[Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.21]

No person, while under the influence of sudden passion or in a sudden fit of rage, either of which is brought about by serious provocation by the victim that is reasonably sufficient to incite the person into using deadly force, shall knowingly cause or attempt to cause physical harm to another or to another’s unborn by means of a deadly weapon.

[Ohio Rev. Code § 2903.12]

Carry While Using Alcohol or Drugs?

Does Ohio have laws regarding carrying a concealed firearm while using alcohol or drugs?

Not while consuming beer or intoxicating liquor or under the influence of alcohol or a drug of abuse.

[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.

NON-RESIDENT PERMITTING?

Does Ohio issue concealed carry licenses to non-residents?

Yes, only for persons employed 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.

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. Private firearms transfers are not subject to a background check requirement, although federal and state purchaser prohibitions, including age restrictions, still apply. It is recommended that you retain any sales receipts to prove ownership of the gun.

Ohio license Exempts from Background Check?

Does my current Ohio concealed carry license exempt me from needing a background check when I purchase a firearm?

Yes. Concealed weapons licenses issued on or after March 23, 2015, qualify.

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?

As there is no state law regarding the minimum age for possession of a handgun, the Federal minimum of 18 years of age applies. The minimum age to purchase a handgun is generally 21 years old, although there are exceptions for law enforcement officers and active or reserve member of the armed services of the United States or the Ohio national guard that are at least 18 years old.

[Ohio Rev. Code 2923.21 & 2923.211]

Possess a handgun on my private property without a permit?

Can I possess/carry a handgun in my home without a license?

Yes. A concealed carry license is not required for anyone legally entitled to carry a firearm to carry a handgun in the person's own home for any lawful purpose.

[Ohio Rev. Code 2923.12(C)(1)(d)]

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Ohio Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Ohio honor?

Alabama (at least 21 years old)
Arizona (at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (at least 21 years old)
Delaware (at least 21 years old)
Florida (handguns only)
Georgia (at least 21 years old)
Idaho (at least 21 years old)
Indiana (at least 21 years old)
Iowa (at least 21 years old)
Maine (at least 21 years old)
Maryland (at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (at least 21 years old)
Missouri (at least 21 years old)
Montana (at least 21 years old)
Nevada (at least 21 years old)
New Hampshire (at least 21 years old)
New York (at least 21 years old)
New York City (at least 21 years old)
North Dakota (at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (at least 21 years old)
South Dakota (at least 21 years old)
Tennessee (at least 21 years old)
Texas (at least 21 years old)
Utah (at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (at least 21 years old)

Ohio will honor valid permits issued by any state or jurisdiction, regardless of the age of the permittee. Ohio residents must have an Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL) in order to carry in the state.


Other States' Reciprocity With Ohio

Which states honor permits from Ohio?

Arkansas (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Idaho (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Mississippi (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Montana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New Hampshire (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Vermont (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

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

Ohio offers resident and non-resident (persons employed in Ohio) licenses. If indicated with “Resident only” below, that state only honors Ohio resident licenses (and not those issued to non-residents).

Arizona (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Alaska (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Colorado (resident permits only)
Florida (resident permits only)
Iowa (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Kansas (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Maine (resident permits recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details)
Michigan (resident permits only)
Missouri (permitless carry, at least 19 years old, 18 for military)
Oklahoma (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only)
South Carolina (resident permits only)
Tennessee (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Texas (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Utah (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Permitless Carry States

Alaska PC-21
Arizona PC-21
Arkansas PC-18
Idaho PC-18
Iowa PC-18
Kansas PC-21
Kentucky PC-21
Maine (permits recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details or PC-21)
Mississippi PC-18
MontanaPC-18
North DakotaPC-18 for residents only
Oklahoma PC-21
TexasPC-21
UtahPC-21
VermontPC-18
Wyoming PC-21

*PC-18 = permitless carry if at least 18 years old

*PC-21 = permitless carry if at least 21 years old

Permitless carry includes constitutional carry states as well as states where an individual must meet certain qualifications, e.g., no DUIs in the last 10 years, in order to legally carry (Tennessee). Each state determines the requirements and any limitations on the carry of firearms. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.


Ohio Concealed Carry License 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;
  • If not a U.S. citizen, must not have been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa, as defined in the "Immigration and Nationality Act," 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26);
  • Certify that the applicant has not renounced the applicant's United States citizenship, if applicable; 
  • 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);
  • Certify that you have read the firearms safety pamphlet prepared by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission;
  • Not be a fugitive from justice;
  • Not have had a suspended concealed carry license from Ohio or another state;
  • Not be under indictment for or otherwise charged with: 
    • a felony; 
    • An offense under ORC Chapters 2925, 3719, or 4729 that involves the illegal possession, use, sale, administration, or distribution of or trafficking in a drug of abuse; 
    • A misdemeanor offense of violence; or 
    • A violation of ORC Sections 2903.14 or 2923.1211.
  • Not have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony or an offense under ORC Chapters 2925, 3719, or 4729 that involves the illegal possession, use, sale, administration, or distribution of or trafficking in a drug of abuse; 
  • Not have been adjudicated a delinquent child for committing an act that if committed by an adult would be a felony or would be an offense under ORC Chapters 2925, 3719, or 4729 that involves the illegal possession, use, sale, administration, or distribution of or trafficking in a drug of abuse; 
  • Not have been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or adjudicated a delinquent child for:
    • Committing a violation of ORC Section 2903.13 when the victim of the violation is a peace officer; or
    • Committing any other offense that is not previously described that is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year.
  • Not have been within 3 years of the date of the application:
    • Convicted of, or pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense of violence other than a misdemeanor violation of ORC Section 2921.33 or a violation of ORC Section 2903.13 when the victim of the violation is a peace officer; 
    • Convicted of, or pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of ORC Section 2923.1211
    • Adjudicated a delinquent child for committing an act that if committed by an adult would be a misdemeanor offense of violence other than a misdemeanor violation of ORC Section 2921.33; or
    • A violation of ORC Section 2903.13 when the victim of the violation is a peace officer or for committing an act that if committed by an adult would be a misdemeanor violation of ORC Section 2923.1211.
  • Not have been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or adjudicated a delinquent child for committing two or more violations of ORC Sections 2903.13 or 2903.14 within 5 years of the date of the application;
  • Not have been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or adjudicated a delinquent child for committing a violation of ORC Section 2921.33 within 10 years of the date of the application;
  • Not have been adjudicated as a mental defective, committed to any mental institution, under adjudication of mental incompetence, been found by a court to be a mentally ill person subject to court order, and is not an involuntary patient other than one who is a patient only for purposes of observation (as used in this division, "mentally ill person subject to court order" and "patient" have the same meanings as in ORC Section 5122.01);
  • Not currently subject to a civil protection order, a temporary protection order, or a protection order issued by a court of another state;
  • Not be an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance as defined in 21 U.S.C. 802;
  • Not have been discharged from the armed forces of the United States under dishonorable conditions; 
  • Not have been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or adjudicated a delinquent child for committing a violation of ORC Section 2919.25 or a similar violation in another state; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.

Note: Active duty military with a valid military identification card and documentation of successful firearms training that meets or exceeds that required in Ohio do not need to obtain an Ohio license. They may also transport a loaded firearm in a vessel under the same circumstances as a concealed carry License holder.

Fees:

Initial License for >5 year Ohio residents: $67  Renewals $50
Initial License for <5 year Ohio residents and non-residents: $77 ($67 plus FBI NICS fee) Renewals $60 ($50 plus FBI NICS fee)

Fees are waived for current and honorably discharged veterans.

Valid For:

5 years

Processing Time:

45 days

Application:
Non-Resident Concealed Carry Licenses:

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 Licenses:

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.

Residency Changes:

Moving to Ohio and interested in applying for a resident license? How soon can you apply?
Ohio issues licenses to residents and only non-residents who are employed in Ohio. You can apply for your license to a county sheriff once you have been an Ohio resident for at least 45 days or, if you live in another state, once employed in Ohio. 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. 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. 

Moving from Ohio and have an Ohio resident license? Does that license transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Ohio license remains valid?
If a person with an Ohio concealed handgun license establishes residency in another state, the license expires upon the establishment of residence in the other state. For out-of-state license holders, licenses cannot be renewed once you are no longer employed in the state. 


Ohio Concealed Carry License Application Process

How to Apply for a Ohio Concealed Carry License

Step 1:

Complete a firearm training course if required.

Step 2:
Step 3:

Make an appointment with your county sheriff's office or the office of an adjoining county (or the county worked in for out-of-state residents) and take the following documents:

  • Completed, but unsigned application form (you will sign it there in the presence of the Sheriff’s Office Notary);
  • Copies of firearms training certificate signed and dated by your instructor (within the 3 years immediately preceding the application);
  • Non-resident employees must supply proof of employment; and
  • Passport-style color photo, taken within the last 30 days.

Certify that you have read the Ohio Concealed Carry Laws and License Application manual.

Your fingerprints will be taken.
Pay the fee.

Step 4:

You will be notified 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 competency certification must have occurred within the 3 years immediately preceding the application. 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 License Renewal Process

How to Renew a Ohio Concealed Carry License

Step 1:

Renewals are the responsibility of the licensee. Renewal applications can be submitted at any time prior to or anytime after the expiration of your current CCW license. Non-residents must still be employed in Ohio to renew a license and must go to the county in which they applied for their initial permits. 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:

Make an appointment and take the following documents to a county sheriff’s office:

  • Completed, but unsigned, application form (you will sign it there in the presence of the Sheriff’s Office Notary);
  • Ohio CHL; and
  • A valid picture identification card (driver’s license, state identification card, retired law enforcement or corrections identification card or military identification card only).

Certify that you have read the Ohio Concealed Carry Laws and License Application manual.

Pay the fee.

Step 4:

You will be notified 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 bars/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

  • A school safety zone which includes a school, school building, school premises, school activity (except for a concealed handgun license holder in a motor vehicle while immediately in the process of picking up or dropping off a child) and school buses;
  • A child day care center and Type A or B family day-care home, if posted;
  • 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 [Ohio Admin. Code § 128-4-02(G)(9)]
  • 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, if you are under the influence of alcohol or a drug of abuse, or if posted;
  • 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?

Based on SB 140, which took effect on April 12, 2021, any knife or cutting instrument is defined as a weapon only if it is used as a weapon. The legislation makes a revision, no longer categorizing a concealed knife, razor or cutting instrument as a "deadly weapon" or "weapon" as long as it's not used as a weapon. So, Ohio law now allows for the ownership and open carry and concealed carry of any type of knife other than ballistic knives, which are forbidden. Knives are restricted in "School Safety Zones" which include, schools, school buildings, school premises, school activities and school buses; and courthouses or other structures in which a courtroom is located. Ohio municipalities may have additional restrictions. For example, both Akron and Cleveland prohibit the possession in public places of any knife with a blade 2 ½ inches or longer.

[Ohio Rev. Code §§ 2923.11(A), 2923.12, 2923.122, 2923.123 & 2923.20]

WEAR A COVID MASK & CARRY?

I can legally carry a concealed firearm in Ohio, but can I wear a COVID 19 protective mask while carrying concealed?

There is no known statute in Ohio making it illegal to wear a COVID mask while carrying concealed. One state law makes it illegal to commit a misdemeanor while wearing a mask, however it does not address wearing a mask while legally carrying a concealed firearm. In addition, Geauga County Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand has indicated that it is NOT ILLEGAL for a valid CCW holder to carry your weapon while wearing a mask.

[Health Safety Morals § 3761.12

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 bow hunting in Ohio?

Yes, with a valid Ohio Concealed Handgun License, a concealed handgun license from a state that Ohio honors or LEOSA.

[Ohio Admin. Code 1501:31-15-11v1(C)(1)]

HUNTER HARASSMENT LAW?

Is there a Hunter Harassment Law in Ohio?

Yes. No person shall purposely prevent or attempt to prevent any person from lawfully hunting, trapping, or fishing for a wild animal.

[Ohio Admin. Code 1533.03]


Ohio Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2021-05-19

Added info on driver's license link to permit in At A Glance table

2021-02-10

Added info about passage of the SB-130 knife law in FAQs

2021-01-05

Added info about passage of stand your ground law in the Summary

2021-01-04

Updated information on obtaining a permit from any county sheriff's office

2020-12-29

Updated information on permit renewal extensions during COVID

2020-10-19

Added information on new law regarding permit renewals during COVID in the Summary

2020-09-03

Added information on Self Defense in the Summary

2020-07-01

Added information on wearing a COVID 19 mask while carrying concealed above the Summary

2020-06-26

Added link to National Parks to At A Glance table

2020-05-06

Added info on handguns at hotels in At A Glance table

2020-04-20

Added info on handguns on private property in At A Glance table

2020-04-06

Added info on private gun sales in At A Glance table

2020-02-25

Added info on carry in bars to the At A Glance table

2020-02-19

Added related blog posts with links

2020-02-17

Added info regarding residency changes and resulting impacts on carry permits

2020-01-30

Updated the knife laws and added statutory references

2020-01-13

Updated info on carry while using alcohol or controlled substances in At A Glance table

2019-12-04

Added info on whether a valid state ccw permit exempts a person from needing a background check when purchasing a firearm to the At A Glance table

2019-11-21

Added statutory references and links for can’t carry locations

2019-11-04

Added brandishing info to At A Glance table

2019-10-15

Added Hunter Harassment info to At A Glance table

2019-10-01

Added Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray to the At A Glance table

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

2019-01-24

Added info about alcohol or prescription medication in At A Glance table

2019-01-22

Added church carry info to location restrictions section

2019-01-10

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

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