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How Does Ohio’s Open Carry Laws Affect Transporting a Firearm?

How Does Ohio’s Open Carry Laws Affect Transporting a Firearm?
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Though Ohio is an open-carry state (Also known as “Constitutional Carry”), it does not give citizens unlimited rights to own or transport a firearm. Under Ohio Law, residents who possess a Concealed-Handgun License are permitted to transport a loaded concealed handgun in a motor vehicle, unless under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. These requirements apply to cars and motorcycles equally. Those who do not possess a Concealed-Handgun License may not transport a loaded concealed handgun in a motor vehicle. Rather, the handgun must be unloaded and carried in one of the following ways:

  1. In a closed package, box, or case;
  2. In a compartment that can be reached only by leaving the vehicle (such as a trunk);
  3. In plain sight and secured in a rack or holder made for the purpose; or
  4. If the firearm is at least twenty-four inches in overall length as measured from the muzzle to the part of the stock furthest from the muzzle and if the barrel is at least eighteen inches in length, either in plain sight with the action open or the weapon stripped, or, if the firearm is of a type on which the action will not stay open or which cannot easily be stripped, in plain sight.

School Safety Zones

Residents who possess a Concealed-Handgun License are permitted to carry a handgun in their vehicle when they drive into a school safety zone, provided that, if they leave the handgun in the motor vehicle, the handgun does not leave the vehicle and, if they leave the vehicle, the vehicle is locked. Non-permit carriers are not permitted to carry a firearm into a school safety zone for any reason.

The information included herein is intended to be informative only and not to serve as legal advice. To stay current on Ohio firearm law, visit www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov. If you have further questions regarding your rights, please call Friedman Nemecek Long & Grant, LLC, with offices in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio at 888-694-4645 for a free initial consultation. The law firm represents individuals and entities in criminal investigations and matters throughout Ohio and the United States.