Ohio Gun Laws

Ohio Gun Laws

Ohio State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                            

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES


State Self-Defense Law Review: Always Consult An Attorney

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

None Mentioned

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Home, car, place of business

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places


Immunity from Civil liability

Yes, if using force in defense of self in structure used as a permanent or temporary dwelling or preventing commission of a violent felony or violent misdemeanor

Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law

Only state which places burden on defendant to prove self-defense by preponderance of the evidence


How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Ohio


Before you can obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun, you will need  proof of your competency certification which is a minimum of a 10 hour class, and can be obtained from an NRA class or from a private instructor / business that has been certified by the state of Ohio.

The Sheriff must immediately conduct a criminal records check on your application. The Sheriff will also determine whether you are prohibited from having a license and, if not, immediately issue the license.

To begin the application process, you must apply to the Sheriff in the county where you reside or an adjoining county. For more information see the Ohio Attorney General’s office: Click Here

Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire and South Carolina recognize Ohio’s RESIDENT permit only. Texas and Wisconsin will honor an OHIO permit issued or renewed on or after March 23, 2015 RECIPROCITY INFO CLICK HERE

To find your Sheriff's Department Click HERE