Ohio Gun Laws

(Updated: June 22, 2021)

Overview Of Ohio Concealed Carry Laws

Issuing Status:Shall Issue
Inform Law Enforcement:Yes
Honors Other States Permits:Yes
Issues Non Resident Permits:Yes
Prohibited Locations:
  • Police/ sheriff/ highway patrol office/ stations
  • BCI-controlled premises
  • Correctional facilities
  • Airport terminals & airplanes
  • Mental health facilities
  • Courthouses
  • Universities if they choose to prohibit
  • Places of worship
  • Child day-care centers
  • Government facilities
  • School safety zones
  • Capitol buildings/ grounds
*No Guns* Signs Force Of Law:Yes
Store In Vehicle:Yes
Allowed In State Parks:Yes
Allowed In National Parks:Yes
Allowed In Game Management Units:
Allowed In Wildlife Management Areas:Yes
Allowed At Road Rest Areas:Yes
Allowed In Restaurants Where Alcohol Served:Yes
States Honoring Ohio PermitAlaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
Open Carry Allowed:Yes

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Ohio Pistol Permit News

(April 8, 2015) Bill introduced to allow concealed carry without permit: Rep. Niraj Antani introduced a bill in the Statehouse to allow citizens the ability to carry concealed firearms without a permit. The proposed law, which has 20 co-sponsors, would allow anyone 21 or older to carry any firearm not banned by state or federal law without a permit. The bill would also prohibit law enforcement from searching and detaining otherwise law-abiding citizens based solely on the possession of a firearm.
(Mar. 23, 2015) Attorney General adds reciprocity with 5 states: Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that pursuant to changes adopted in House Bill 234 of the 130th General Assembly, Ohio now has concealed carry permit reciprocity with Colorado, Georgia, New Hampshire, Texas, and Wisconsin. This bill provides that a concealed carry permit issued by another state is valid in Ohio so long as the permit holder is not an Ohio resident and is in the state temporarily.