Ohio Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Ohio

Ohio gun laws regulate the sale, ownership, transfer, and purchase of firearms and ammunition within the state. Ohio imposes very few restrictions on gun owners. You can legally buy a gun in Ohio at the age of 18, but some restrictions apply. If you are 21 or older, there are no restrictions. You cannot sell to anyone younger than 18 even in a private sale. Ohio allows anyone 21 or older to apply for a concealed carry permit. You must complete 8 hours of training and demonstrate your ability with a gun first. The military are exempt from this rule. Ohio does issue permits for non-residents if they work in the state. There are pretty strict rules about carrying in your vehicle. You cannot carry in any capacity if you are drinking alcohol. Ohio is an open carry state. The state maintains control over gun laws in the state and local counties do not override them. The legalization of marijuana complicated the gun laws and state and federal laws now conflict somewhat. Ohio offers generous reciprocity agreements to those states with "substantially comparable" laws to their own.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • yes Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes/No-Without a Permit Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-Residents License issued to
  • 623,000 Number of Active CCW Permits
  • 38 # of states that honor Ohio license
  • 53 # of state licenses that Ohio honors
  • 7 % of state’s population with a permit
  • 5 Years license is valid
  • 67 $ cost of the license
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

Ohio’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state parks, state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, 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, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

Ohio CCW Reciprocity Map

Reciprocity allows gun owners to cross state lines with their firearms and ammunition. Ohio honors all state gun permits with or without a reciprocity agreement. These thirty eight states offer Ohio reciprocity for their gun permits

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Ohio honors these fifty-three state and territory gun permits 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania,Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These twelve states refuse to allow an Ohio gun permit, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington D.C.

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Ohio Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

Ohio’s concealed carry laws are quite permissive, and you can carry legally in state parks, national forests, daycare centers, parts of airports, your vehicle, private airplanes, schools (if locked up) and businesses. You cannot, however, carry in law enforcement buildings, jail, prison, courthouses, mental health facilities, places of worship and places that serve alcohol, like bars. You can carry your loaded weapon in the car with a permit, but without one it must be unloaded and locked in a box. You must notify officers if you are carrying. Unless there are “no guns” posted, you can carry in restaurants that serve alcohol. You must observe all “no guns” signs, and if an employer or private owner of a property has one, you must not carry in those areas.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

To apply for a concealed carry permit in Ohio, you must be twenty-one years old or older. You must complete an 8-hour, approved training course. Non-residents must work in Ohio to get one. You cannot have any felonies or any drug charges against you. You cannot have another permit revoked for any reason. You cannot have committed any violent acts or be charged with domestic abuse. If you assault a peace officer, you will not be issued a gun permit. You cannot have any restraining orders out on you, and you cannot have more than two assault charges within a five year period, or you will not qualify. You also cannot be guilty of resisting arrest.

Ohio Gun Background Check

Ohio is not a “point of contact” state and therefore licensed gun dealers must contact the FBI and use NCIS to obtain a federal background check before selling to anyone in Ohio. Ohio also does not require private sellers to get a background check before selling.

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OH CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • You have completed an approved firearms training class of 8 hours
  • Non-Residents: 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 requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

  1. Complete your firearm training course, 8 hours required.
  2. Download the application under the FORMS tab.
  3. 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
  4. Present these to your local sheriff’s office.
  5. Your fingerprints will be taken.
  6. You will be notified within 45 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.
  7. NON-RESIDENTS Non-Residents can only apply for a CCW license if they are employed in Ohio

CCW Renewal

  • Application can be submitted no sooner than 90 days prior to the expiration of your current CCW license or anytime after the expiration of your current CCW license.
  • Renewal applications are made on the new application form, tick the renewal box.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age, be a legal resident of the United States, be an Ohio resident for at least 45 days and a resident of Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Putnam or Van Wert County for 30 days prior to filing your renewal application.
  • Application fee, no Credit or Debit Cards will not be accepted. This fee is non-refundable, even if you stop the application process for any reason.
  • You must have your completed application. Do not sign the application until you present it to the office. You will sign it there in the presence of the Sheriff’s Office Notary.
  • You must have a valid original license.
  • If you were found at one time to be mentally incompetent, or were involuntarily hospitalized or institutionalized for other than observation, you must have a certificate of remission.
  • You must have your fingerprints electronically scanned through the WebCheck system, or a 10 print fingerprint card if WebCheck is unavailable.
  • You must also provide a valid picture identification card (driver’s license, state identification card, retired law enforcement or corrections identification card or military identification card only).
  • If your license has expired, you are prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon until you receive your renewal license from the Sheriff.
  • NON-RESIDENTS
  • To renew your license you must still be employed in Ohio.
  • If you are no longer employed in Ohio then your CCW license is valid until the expiry date.

OH Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Resident in Ohio More than 5 years | License to carry a concealed handgunOriginal: $67.00 / Temporary: $37.00$50.00Replacement: $15$90 - 175$Must pay for photo: $5.00
Residents of Ohio for less than 5 years must also pay for cost of FBI criminal history record check.
Resident in Ohio Less than 5 years | License to carry a concealed handgunOriginal: $91.00 / Temporary: $61.00$74.00Replacement: $15$90 - 175$Must pay for photo: $5.00
Residents of Ohio for less than 5 years must also pay for cost of FBI criminal history record check.

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Ohio

AllowedForbidden
State parksPolice stations
State and national forestsSheriffs’ offices
Road side rest areasHighway Patrol posts
VehiclePremises controlled by BCI
Airports non secure areaCorrectional institutions or other detention facilities
Day-care centers unless the day-care center has posted a “no-guns” signAirports secure areas
School premises if locked in a motor vehicleFacilities for the care of mentally ill persons
Private aircraftCourthouses or buildings in which a courtroom is located
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenUniversities, 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

Ohio CCW Contact

Ohio Bureau of Firearms

Hours

Monday – Friday:8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed

Contact

Address:Office of Attorney General
30 E. Broad St., 14th Floor
City:Columbus, OH 43215
Phone:(614) 466-4986
Toll-free: 800-282-0515

CCW Licensing Offices in Ohio

Adams County Sheriff Office

Office Address
110 W. Main Street West Union OH 45693

Phone
(937) 544-2314

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Allen County Sheriff Office

Office Address
333 North Main St. PO Box 1243 Lima OH 45802

Phone
(419) 993-1400

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Ashland County Sheriff Office

Office Address
1205 E. Main St. Ashland OH 44805

Phone
(419) 289-3911

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Ashtabula County Sheriff Office

Office Address
25 West Jefferson St. Jefferson OH 44047

Phone
(440) 576-0055

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Athens County Sheriff Office

Office Address
13 W. Washington Athens OH 45701

Phone
(740) 593-6633

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Auglaize County Sheriff Office

Office Address
1051 Dearbaugh Ave, P.O. Box 26 Wapakoneta OH 45895

Phone
(419) 739-6565

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Belmont County Sheriff Office

Office Address
68137 Hammond Rd. St. Clairsville OH 43950

Phone
(740) 695-7933

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Brown County Sheriff Office

Office Address
750 Mt. Orab Pike Georgetown OH 45121

Phone
(937) 378-4435

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Counties in Ohio