ODOT confirms all "NO GUNS" signs at rest stops and visitor centers have been removed

Last fall, Buckeye Firearms Association was pleased to report that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) had ordered all "NO GUNS" signs at state rest stops and visitor centers to be removed.

This action was in response to passage and implementation of Senate Bill 184, which included several major fixes to Ohio's concealed handgun licensure (CHL) law, including a change designed to allow patrons of rest stops to use the facilities without having to disarm.

The law took effect September 3, but people who carry concealed weapons (CCW) in Ohio continued to report seeing the problematic signs at highway rest areas and visitor centers.

Buckeye Firearms Association has continued to monitor progress on this issue, and to pass along volunteers' reports of locations where signs were still posted to ODOT.

Buckeye Firearms Association has now received word from ODOT Assistant Legal Counsel Heather Sullivan that "the districts have reported all of the signs are down", and in fact that the last signs were removed earlier today.

While this process took longer than ODOT's original estimate of 30 days, we are pleased to be able to report that these state facilities should now be in full compliance with state law.

BFA would like to extend our thanks to the many volunteers, including Ohioans For Concealed Carry's (OFCC) Chris Harben, who worked to see that these "NO GUNS" signs were removed.

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