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.

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