Ohio CCW Facts

This is a fast facts reference for Ohio CCW.

Basic Gun Safety Rules:

  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
  • Know your target and what is beyond.

35 States Where Your Ohio CCW License Is Valid:

  • Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

Firearm Transportation For Those With a CCW License Only:

  • Handguns: loaded guns and magazines anywhere in vehicle.
  • Long guns must be in a closed case, in a gun rack in plain sight, in plain sight with action open if at least 18” barrel, or in a compartment reachable only by leaving vehicle.
  • Long gun magazines may contain ammunition and be anywhere in vehicle but not inserted in long gun.

Encounters With Law Enforcement (pedestrian or vehicle):

  • Promptly inform officer you have a license and handgun.
  • Keep your hands in plain sight and do not touch handgun.
  • Comply with all officer commands.

Forbidden Carry Zones:

  • Any law enforcement station or detention facility
  • Courthouse or building housing a courtroom
  • Govt. building (dedicated restroom, shelter, car park okay)
  • Place of worship (unless specifically allowed)
  • Any airplane and most airport buildings
  • Institution for the care of mentally ill persons
  • School zone (drop off/pick up okay if you stay in car), college or university (lock and leave in car okay)
  • Child day-care center
  • Liquor facility (okay if not drinking and not posted “no guns”)
  • Wherever federal law prohibits the carrying of handguns
  • Any building or property posted as a "no gun zone"

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