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Posted: 4/26/2022 8:14:04 AM EDT
https://www.buckeyefirearms.org/answers-common-questions-about-ohio%E2%80%99s-new-permitless-carry-law

Answers to Common Questions about Ohio’s New Permitless Carry Law

Senate Bill 215 has been signed into law and will make it legal to carry a
concealed handgun without a license in Ohio beginning on June 13, 2022.

Generally referred to as “permitless carry” or “constitutional carry,” this
legislation will make several important changes to Ohio’s concealed carry laws:

Ohio’s concealed handgun license (CHL) will become optional. If you are currently
qualified by law to obtain a CHL and carry concealed, you will be able to carry
concealed without a license beginning on June 13, 2022. Other than school zones
where federal law still requires a CHL, nothing changes regarding who can carry,
what you can carry (a handgun), or where you can carry. The same rights and
responsibilities apply whether you have a CHL or not.

You will no longer be required to “promptly” inform. Current law says that if you
are stopped by a law enforcement officer, you must “promptly” inform that officer
if you are carrying a concealed handgun. In addition, you must inform every other
officer you encounter.  When the new law goes into effect, you will need to inform
only when or if the officer asks if you are carrying a handgun. And you are obligated
to only inform the first officer who asks.

In Ohio, you will no longer be required to carry the CHL. If you choose to obtain
a concealed handgun license, you will no longer be required to carry the physical
license on your person while carrying a handgun. However, other states may still
require you to have your license with you.

After working to get this new law passed, Buckeye Firearms Association has received
a lot of questions about how this law will affect people in their everyday lives. Here
are the answers to some of the most common questions.

Will Ohio scrap the licensing system?
No. The CHL will continue to be available for those who wish to have it. Those who
travel outside of Ohio may want to have a valid license to carry legally in other states.
The license simply becomes optional for those who carry a concealed handgun in Ohio.

Will the CHL application process change in any way?
No. The new law does not change anything about the licensing process. The same
application, fees, training, and other requirements will remain the same. This is
important in order to maintain all the reciprocity agreements with other states.

I applied for an Ohio CHL and was denied. Can I now carry without a license?
No. Nothing changes regarding who can legally carry a concealed handgun. You
must still be a “qualifying” adult, meaning you are at least 21 years of age, not
prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law, not a fugitive from
justice, etc. Refer to the concealed carry manual available at the Ohio Attorney
General’s website for more complete information: OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/ConcealedCarry

Does this change how I carry in my vehicle?
No. You will be able to carry a concealed handgun in your car with or without a CHL.
You do not have to unload. You do not have to make the handgun visible. You can have
loaded handguns and magazines on your person or stored anywhere in your vehicle.

Does this change how I transport long guns in my vehicle?
No. Carrying concealed, with or without a license, deals with a loaded handgun only.
Transporting rifles and shotguns remains the same, meaning you must transport them
unloaded, in a closed container, with ammunition in a separate container or closed
compartment, in your trunk or in an area not accessible without leaving your vehicle.

Can I carry in a bar, courthouse, church, etc.?
Per federal law, you will still need a CHL to carry in a school zone in your vehicle. If you
leave your vehicle, your handgun must be secured and locked in your vehicle. Otherwise,
nothing changes about where you can or cannot carry a concealed handgun. Areas that
are currently no-carry zones will remain no-carry zones. Property owners will still be able
to post no-gun signs.

Can I carry without a license in other states?
That depends on the laws of other states. Ohio law applies to Ohio only. When traveling
to other states, you will need to abide by the laws of each state you’re in. References
include the Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States, a book we sell at
BuckeyeFirearms.org, and HandgunLaw.us, a website that provides information on the
carry laws of each state.

Can non-residents carry concealed without a license?
Yes. While the rules for carrying a concealed handgun remain the same with or without a
license, there will be no residency requirement when this law goes into effect. Someone
who is otherwise a “qualifying” adult may carry with or without a license whether they reside
in Ohio or another state.

Can you conceal rifles and shotguns now?
Surprisingly, someone actually did ask this question. We’re not sure exactly how someone
would carry concealed rifles and shotguns other than under a long trench coat. However,
the answer is no. Ohio’s concealed carry laws apply to handguns only.

What about storing a handgun in your personal vehicle in an employer’s parking lot?
The new law does not change your right to carry to and from work and to store your
handgun in your personally-owned car or truck on company property. Your rights remain
the same with or without a CHL. If you drive a company-owned vehicle, your employer may
have different rules about whether or not you can carry or store a handgun in their vehicle.

This article is for general information only. It is not intended to be personal legal advice.
Link Posted: 4/27/2022 9:02:10 AM EDT
[#1]
@safe1 Can this post be pinned, these questions come up often.
Link Posted: 5/22/2022 4:57:23 PM EDT
[#2]
Originally Posted By spmx7777:
https://www.buckeyefirearms.org/answers-common-questions-about-ohio%E2%80%99s-new-permitless-carry-law


Does this change how I transport long guns in my vehicle?
No. Carrying concealed, with or without a license, deals with a loaded handgun only.
Transporting rifles and shotguns remains the same, meaning you must transport them
unloaded, in a closed container, with ammunition in a separate container or closed
compartment, in your trunk or in an area not accessible without leaving your vehicle.
View Quote


I was under the impression that with a CHL, one could transport a long gun and a loaded magazine as long as the rifle is not loaded and the magazine is in a separate compartment (ie in a mag pouch). I will be searching for this in the ORC, but am I off base?
Link Posted: 6/10/2022 3:20:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: KnightofTheOldeCode] [#3]
Does this change how I transport long guns in my vehicle?

No. Carrying concealed, with or without a license, deals with a loaded handgun only. Transporting rifles and shotguns remains the same, meaning you must transport them unloaded, in a closed container, with ammunition in a separate container or closed compartment, in your trunk or in an area not accessible without leaving your vehicle.

At one time CHL holders under the law were given a special provision for long gun magazines, but with later changes it was adapted to
say anyone may carry a loaded magazine as long as there's a degree of separation from the Long gun.
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