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.
33 States Where Your Ohio CCW License Is Valid:
- Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, 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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