Ohio CCW Handbook 2022

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost Issues Updated CCW Manual

As of Monday, June 13, 2022, it is legal for "qualifying adults" to carry a concealed handgun in Ohio without a license.

Attorney General Dave Yost has issued an updated manual summarizing Ohio's concealed carry laws and explaining the two ways you may now carry in the state, with or without a license.

Click here to view or download the manual as a PDF.

Whether you plan to carry with a license or without one, I highly recommend you read this manual, which covers a number of important topics, including:

  • Two Ways to Carry Concealed
  • A Crucial Difference Between CHL Holders and Permitless Carriers
  • Other Changes in Ohio's Concealed-Carry Law
  • Training and Educational Requirements for a Concealed-Handgun License
  • Special Considerations for Members of the Armed Forces
  • Forbidden-Carry Zones
  • Transporting in Motor Vehicles
  • Traffic Stops and Other Law Enforcement Encounters
  • Private Property and the Workplace
  • Reciprocity
  • Open Carry
  • Deadly Force
  • Criminal Issues
  • Civil Liability
  • Self-Defense
  • No Duty to Retreat
  • Castle Doctrine
  • Burden of Proof
  • Defense of Others
  • Defense of Property
  • Dispute Resolution

In addition to reading this manual, I urge you to take a concealed carry class from an experienced and competent instructor, even if you do not plan to apply for a license. It is vital that you are familiar with Ohio self-defense law to help you make better decisions and act legally.

You can search for classes on OhioGunClass.org, a website we host for instructors in Ohio.

Dean Rieck is Executive Director of Buckeye Firearms Association, a former competitive shooter, NRA Patron Member, #1 NRA Recruiter for 2013, business owner and partner with Second Call Defense.

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