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Ohio Now Recognizes Valid Permits From All States

Flag_of_Ohio.svg[UPDATED 3-24-15] On March 23rd, 2015 a new Ohio law goes into effect. Ohio House Bill 234, signed into law by Governor John Kasich Dec. 19, 2014, amends a number of the state’s previously standing gun statutes.

The change that effects the greatest number of people is that Ohio will now recognize any valid permit from any US state in Ohio. So if your permit was recently not honored in Ohio you now have some additional flexibility when you travel to the Buckeye State. This is also good for Ohio permit holders as Colorado, New Hampshire, Texas, Wisconsin, and Georgia are returning the favor and will now honor the Ohio permit.

In addition to the greater reciprocity, the new law also allows hunters to use suppressors on guns, allows Ohioans to buy rifles, shotguns, and ammunition from any state; and impements a more rigorous background check for concealed carry permit applicants.

Also in good news the law decreases the number of required hours to obtain the permit down from 12 hours to 8 hours and allows that some (but not all) of that instruction take place via the internet.

Our Reciprocity Map Generator has been updated accordingly.

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8 Responses to Ohio Now Recognizes Valid Permits From All States

  1. Dr. Bob Marlowe, Ph.D March 24, 2015 at 6:06 am #

    Jacob: thanks for this information about Ohio. It is my hope that all states will eventually grant the courtesy of reciprocity to all persons who not only believe fervently in the 2nd amendment but practice their belief by getting a CCP. Kindly keep me in your information loop. Bob Marlowe, M.Div., MBA, Ph.D, Broomfield, Colorado

  2. Paul Smiddy March 24, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    Thanks Jacob. Good to know another state has decided to actually follow the Constitution. Amazing! I do a lot of interstate travel by car, sometimes through Ohio. Guess I can relax a little more now. Appreciate the updates!

  3. L. Davis March 24, 2015 at 10:10 am #

    Thank you Jacob. As usual you are on top of things. Always appreciate your updates. It’s nice to see another state allowing the people a choice.

  4. Zeke March 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

    Jacob —

    FYI — You are incorrect in telling people that Ohio now recognizes all states permits!

    Hopefully, you won’t be sued by someone who follows your info and gets in some serious trouble as a result.

    As of 3/23/15 Ohio only recognizes 28 other states:

    • Jacob Paulsen March 24, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

      Hi Zeke, I talked to a representative from the Ohio Attorney General’s office yesterday morning. With house bill 234 going into effect on 3/23 they now honor all permits from any US state. They will be updating the website soon. I can email you a copy of HB 234 if that would be helpful. If you read the press release that you linked to carefully you will see that they have formal reciprocity agreements with 28 states but they recognize permits from all states as long as the permit holder is in the state temporarily and is not an Ohio resident.

      • Zeke March 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

        If you are right, that is good news!

  5. Dan March 25, 2015 at 6:23 pm #


    Ohio House Bill 234 also changed the definition of Automatic Firearm to conform with the Federal definition, so magazines with greater than 30 round capacity are now legal in Ohio!

    • Jacob Paulsen March 25, 2015 at 9:18 pm #

      Thanks Dan!!!

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