Ohio Gun Laws The statute for concealed weapons changed in Ohio and became
effective as of April 2004. The new law states that individuals of
twenty-one years of age or more are allowed to obtain a concealed
weapons license after at least twelve hours of safety training and
demonstrations of handgun competency.
This training must include two hours of practice in a shooting range
and ten hours of instruction in a classroom setting, all to be provided
through a certified safety instructor. Exams must also be adequately
passed--both in shooting form and written form--along with a background
check for criminal history. This information will then be submitted and
reviewed by the county sheriff's department. All applicants for
concealed weapons permits must be Ohio residents.
Those who have been convicted for drug abuse, have been convicted of a
violent misdemeanor offense, or have been convicted of a violence
felony offense within three years are not allowed to apply for
concealed weapons permits.
Ohio Legal Issues In recent years Ohio has had difficulties with general laws and
the merits there of towards concealed weapons. Because of this debate
between local law and state law, the new 2004 law was set into place to
clear up any discrepancies.
All new firearms laws must lie under certain general law guidelines so
local law does not conflict with state law. Twenty-six other states
have reciprocated Ohio's statutes and include Wyoming, Washington,
Virginia, Vermont, Utah, Tennessee, South Dakota, South Carolina,
Oklahoma, North Carolina, New Mexico, Montana, Missouri, Michigan,
Kentucky, Indiana, Idaho, Florida, Delaware, Arizona, and Alaska.
The licenses and permits for these states are the same as or very
similar to Ohio jurisdiction. Many of these reciprocations became
effective as of 2004 and 2005, but some went into effect in the
following years. Indiana is the newest addition as of January 2010.
Some of these permits are for residents only, while others include the
licensing of non-residents.
License to Carry When a concealed weapons permit has been licensed, it does not
mean that the individual has rights to carry the firearm wherever he or
she pleases. Certain restrictions still remain regardless of the
Ohio law allows private property owners to post signs on their property
to prohibit firearms. This banning can stand with the law as long as
the sign is in clear viewing for those who enter the property. Firearms
are also prohibited from entering government buildings, religious
buildings, and hospitals. The entrances of these buildings must clearly
state that firearms are not prohibited for this law to be effective.
Concealed weapons are allowed in moving vehicles under certain
circumstances: Firearms must be placed in an enclosed box, case, bag,
or container with a locking mechanism and be within sight; be in a
center console, glove compartment or locked case; or be in a proper
holster on the body. Moving vehicles also include motorcycles. Bills
have been passed in recent years to allow firearms in moving vehicles
without being encased and locked in a container or otherwise placed in
plain sight, some of which are beginning to take effect.