Ohio law acknowledges the right to bear arms, but there are some regulations regarding the possession, use, and sale of firearms and ammunition. While federal law provides restrictions on gun transactions and ownership, Ohio law is mostly concerned with the transportation and carrying of guns.
Here’s what you need to know about Ohio gun laws:
- Ohio is an open-carry state, which means that anyone who legally possesses a firearm in Ohio is allowed to open-carry the firearm either with or without a license. A gun owner does not need a license to transport an unloaded firearm in their vehicle; however, it must be properly secured and located in an area of the vehicle where the gun owner must exit the vehicle in order to access it. Ammunition must also be stored separately.
- Even through Ohio is an open-carry state, it is illegal to transport firearms or have a firearm on your person if you have any alcohol in your system. It is also illegal to carry a handgun in an establishment that has a liquor permit if you do not have a concealed carry permit. If you do have a concealed carry permit, you cannot consume alcohol while on the premises.
- Adults over the age of 21 are allowed to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun, providing they meet the requirements. These requirements include a minimum of 8 hours of training from a certified instructor (6 hours of classroom instruction and 2 hours of range time), pass certain competency tests, meet certain residency requirements, and pass a background check.