In March of 2017, Ohio Senate Bill 199 became active per Governor John Kasich’s December 2016 decision to sign it into law. In this bill, many gun regulations and laws were updated and changed. Below are some important facts you should know about Ohio gun laws before you choose to carry a concealed weapon.
If you think your gun rights have been violated, contact Ohio weapons crimes attorney Brad Groene of Luftman, Heck & Associates today. We can evaluate your and discuss your legal options. Call us today at (513) 338-1890, or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
What You Need to Know About Ohio Gun Laws
Here are some of the most important things to know regarding concealed carry laws in Ohio:
- Ohio is an open-carry state. In an open-carry state, you are legally permitted to carry a concealed weapon with or without a concealed handgun license (CHL). However, there are regulations regarding how and when. If you don’t have a CHL and you’re transporting your weapon in a vehicle, it must be either concealed in packaging, in an area that is only in reach when exiting, or openly secured. Additionally, without a CHL, a long gun can be in a vehicle only if it is taken apart.
- You do not have to register your firearm. Towns and cities are not allowed to have local registrations for firearms. However, particular firearms and parts must be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives due to policies in the National Firearms Act.
- You can carry in a school zone, or on a college campus. With a CHL, you are legally allowed to carry a handgun in these areas, but only if the university has permission in writing allowing concealed-carry on their campus. When you are carrying in a school zone, your gun must be in a locked vehicle.
- Employer can restrict your ability to bring your handgun into work. Employers do have the right to restrict the presence of handguns in your office. They are, however, prohibited from barring your ability to transport your gun to work and keep it in a locked compartment of your own vehicle.
- If you are pulled over, you must notify the police officer you are armed. If you are pulled over, you are required to let the officer know that you have a CHL, and that you are currently carrying.
- Military members do not need to carry a license. If you are an active duty military member, you are allowed to carry without a CHL as long as you have your military license and weapon training credentials.
How an Ohio Weapons Crimes Attorney Can Help You
In Ohio, you have the right to carry a concealed weapon. If you or a loved one have had your concealed carrying rights violated, Ohio weapons lawyer Brad Groene of Luftman, Heck & Associates today. We can investigate your case, evaluate your claim, and fight for any compensation you are owed. Contact us today at (513) 338-1890 for a free initial consultation.