Ohio Gun Laws
Open carry in public allowed. To open carry within a vehicle a valid permit is required.
Duty to Notify Law Enforcement:
Required by law to notify the officer upon official contact or when ID requested
Concealed Carry is legal in accordance with state laws that regulate the right to carry
Restaurants Serving Alcohol:
You can carry in an establishment that serves alcohol if you are not consuming.
Firearms at Colleges:
Forbidden unless permitted or you are in the process of locking it in your car
Firearms at K-12 Schools:
As a licensee, you may have a concealed handgun in a school safety zone if you leave the handgun in the motor vehicle, the handgun does not leave the vehicle and, if you leave the vehicle, you lock the vehicle
Magazine Capacity Limitations:
No state restrictions
Vehicle Possession Without Recognized Permit:
Handguns must be not accessible to the operator or any passenger w/o leaving the vehicle and must be unloaded, and carried in a closed package or in plain sight within a holster or on a rack.
Firearm Law Uniformity:
Firearm laws uniform throughout state
Permit Training Requirements:
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
Permit Issuing Authority:
You must apply to the sheriff in the county where you reside or an adjoining county
Shall issue to residents and those employed in Ohio
State Contact Info:
Ohio Attorney General
30 East Broad St. - 14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3428
Length of Permit Validity:
Permit Application Process:
The sheriff must provide you with the internet link to obtain a printable application form and you should print, and read, the Attorney General pamphlet on Concealed Carry. You must pay a fee, which will vary depending on the background check the sheriff must conduct. The minimum fee for a background check and license is $67. You must provide evidence of your training certification and certify that you have read the Attorney General's publication. Applicants also must submit their fingerprints, which are necessary to conduct the background check.
Non-resident permits issued only to those who work in Ohio
Places Off Limits:
The law sets forth several places where your license does not allow you to carry a handgun. Under the law, you may not carry a concealed handgun into the following places: • Police stations • Sheriffs’ offices • Highway Patrol posts • Premises controlled by BCI 11 • Correctional institutions or other detention facilities • Airport terminals or airplanes beyond screening checkpoint or other restricted areas • Facilities for the care of mentally ill persons • Courthouses or buildings in which a courtroom is located • Universities, unless specifically permitted • Places of worship, unless the place of worship permits otherwise • Licensed Class D liquor permit premises, if you are consuming beer or intoxicating liquor or are under the influence. If you are not consuming, and not under the influence, you may carry unless there is a conspicuous sign prohibiting carry. Possession of a concealed firearm is allowed in a retail store with a D-6 or D-8 permit as long as the concealed carry license holder is not consuming liquor. Class D permits are generally issued to an establishment that sells alcohol for consumption on the premises. In any event, do not consume beer or intoxicating liquor before carrying a concealed handgun into a licensed premises or while on the premises. • Government facilities that are not used primarily as a shelter, restroom, parking facility for motor vehicles, or rest facility and are not a courthouse or a building or structure in which a courtroom is located. Specific government entities may allow you to carry by statute, ordinance, or policy. Consult the government entity before carrying into the building. • School safety zones A “school safety zone” includes a school, school building, school premises, school activity, and school bus. For purposes of this statute, a school includes everything up to the property boundary. As a licensee, you may have a concealed handgun in a school safety zone if you leave the handgun in the motor vehicle, the handgun does not leave the vehicle and, if you leave the vehicle, you lock the vehicle. Statutory Reference: ORC 2923.12, 2923.121, 2923.122, 2923.126
Resident Permit Reciprocity:
Duty to Retreat:
Duty to Retreat before using Deadly Force except when in your dwelling (2901.09)
No legal restriction - Reference article on page 67
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