Ohio CCW Facts
This is a fast facts reference for carrying a concealed handgun in Ohio with a license.
Basic Gun Safety Rules
- Always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction.
- Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
- Know your target and what is beyond.
- Store gun so it is not accessible to unauthorized persons.
- Use a quality holster that fully covers the trigger guard.
- Keep gun handling and holster adjustment to a minimum.
Where Your Ohio Concealed Handgun License Is NOT Valid
California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas*, Wisconsin*
*These states allow you to carry with an Ohio license, but only if your license was issued on or after March 23, 2015.
Firearm Transportation For Those With A License Only
- Loaded handguns and magazines may be on your person or stored anywhere in your vehicle.
Encounters With Law Enforcement (pedestrian or vehicle)
- Promptly inform officer you have a license and handgun.
- Keep hands in plain sight and comply with officer commands.
- Do not touch your handgun unless instructed to do so.
- Do not get out of your vehicle unless instructed to so.
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 (handgun locked 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”
NOTE: This provides only general guidelines for carrying a handgun in Ohio and is not intended to be legal advice.