OHIO GUN LAWS
Concealed Carry Guide
Ohio CCW Handgun Licenses
Ohio is a “shall issue” state.
Non-Resident permits available.
The permit is valid for 5 years.
- Ohio CCW Handgun License Requirements
- How to Apply for an Ohio CCW Handgun License
- Ohio CCW Handgun License Fee's
- Ohio CCW Handgun License Application Form
- Must be at least 21 years old
- You have completed an approved firearms training class of 8 hours
- If you live in another state you must be employed in Ohio
- You must not have had a concealed carry license issued by another state suspended
- You must not have been convicted of, pleaded guilty to, or adjudicated a delinquent child for committing a violation of section 2919.25 of the Revised Code (Domestic violence) or a similar violation in another state
- You must not be under indictment, be charged with, or convicted of any felony
- You also must not be under indictment, charged with, or convicted of an offense that involves trafficking in drugs, a misdemeanor offense of violence, or negligent assault.
- In addition, you must not have been convicted, pleaded guilty, or been adjudicated as delinquent in connection with a crime that involves the illegal use, sale, possession, administration, distribution, or trafficking of a drug of abuse.
- You cannot have been convicted, pleaded guilty, or been adjudicated as delinquent for assaulting a peace officer
- You must not, within three years of your application, have been convicted, pleaded guilty, or been adjudicated as delinquent in connection with a misdemeanor offense of violence
- You may not obtain a license if you have been charged with falsification of a concealed handgun license
- You must not be subject to a civil protection order or a temporary protection order of an Ohio court or a similar protection order issued by another state
- You must not have been convicted, pleaded guilty, or been adjudicated as delinquent in connection with two or more assaults or negligent assaults within five years of your application
- You must not have been convicted, pleaded guilty, or adjudicated as delinquent in connection with resisting arrest within 10 years of your application. If you are charged with an offense during the application process, the sheriff can suspend your application until your case is resolved
- Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons
- Complete your firearm training course, 8 hours required.
- Download the application under the FORMS tab.
- You will need the following documents;
- Completed application form
- Copies of firearms training certificate
- Passport size color photo, taken within last 30 days
- A money order or cashiers check for $67
- Present these to your local sheriff’s office.
- Your fingerprints will be taken.
- You will be notified within 45 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.
New Permits: $67
Accepted forms of payment
Money order, Cashier’s check, Certified bank check
Concealed carry FACTS – Ohio
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WITH CONCEALED CARRY license
Where You Can Carry
- State parks
- State and national forests
- Road side rest areas
- Airports non secure area
- Day-care centers unless the day-care center has posted a “no-guns” sign
- School premises if locked in a motor vehicle
- Private aircraft
- Business entities, property owners or public or private employers cannot ban anyone who has been issued a valid concealed handgun license from transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition when the items are locked in a person’s privately-owned motor vehicle on company property
- All areas of the state – except those listed below
Where You Cannot Carry
- Police stations
- Sheriffs’ offices
- Highway Patrol posts
- Premises controlled by BCI
- Correctional institutions or other detention facilities
- Airports secure areas
- Facilities for the care of mentally ill persons
- Courthouses or buildings in which a courtroom is located
- Universities, unless locked in a motor vehicle
- Colleges can decide for themselves if concealed carry is allowed
- Government Bodies can decide for themselves if concealed carry is allowed
- Places of worship, unless the place of worship permits otherwise
- Child Day-Care Centers (Only If Posted)
- Schools, but OK if locked in vehicle on school premises
- Licensed Class D liquor permit premises, if you are consuming beer or intoxicating liquor or are under the influence
- Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.
Details on Ohio Gun Laws
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 45 days of the application being received.
Ohio gun laws say – If a person is stopped for a law enforcement purpose and is carrying a concealed handgun as a CCW licensee, whether in a motor vehicle or not, he shall promptly inform the law enforcement officer that he is carrying a concealed handgun. If in a vehicle, the licensee shall remain in the vehicle and keep his hands in plain sight at all times and have no contact with the firearm.
Ohio gun laws give “No Weapons” signs the force of law. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.
GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.
Without a permit/license you may not have a loaded handgun in the vehicle. Motorcycles fall under the definition of motor vehicles. You can still carry a gun in the vehicle if it is unloaded and carried in a closed box, trunk or in plain sight and secured in a rack or holder made for the purpose.
A concealed handgun license holder may transport a loaded, concealed handgun in a motor vehicle.
Open carry in Ohio is legal without any permit/license. You will need a permit to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.
Get in Touch
Franklin County Sheriff
Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm
Address 410 South High St.
CityColumbus, Ohio 43215
Phone (614) 525-5090