Basic Gun Safety Rules

  • Always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction.

  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

  • Know your target and what is beyond.

  • Store gun so it is not accessible to unauthorized persons.

  • Use a quality holster that fully covers the trigger guard.

  • Keep gun handling and holster adjustment to a minimum.

Where Your Ohio Concealed Handgun License Is NOT Valid

California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas*, Wisconsin*
*These states allow you to carry with an Ohio license, but only if your license was issued on or after March 23, 2015.

Firearm Transportation For Those With A License Only

  • Loaded handguns and magazines may be on your person or stored anywhere in your vehicle.


Encounters With Law Enforcement (pedestrian or vehicle)

  • Promptly inform officer you have a license and handgun.

  • Keep hands in plain sight and comply with officer commands.

  • Do not touch your handgun unless instructed to do so.

  • Do not get out of your vehicle unless instructed to so.

Forbidden Carry Zones

  • Any law enforcement station or detention facility

  • Courthouse or building housing a courtroom

  • Government building (controlling agency may authorize)

  • Place of worship (unless specifically allowed)

  • Secure areas of airports

  • Institution for the care of mentally ill persons

  • Any premises owned or leased by a public or private college or university (okay if left in locked car, not applicable if college or university has authorized concealed carry)

  • School zone (okay if licensee stays in vehicle with handgun or the licensee leaves the handgun in locked car)

  • Liquor facility (okay if not already under the influence, no alcohol is consumed, and facility not posted "no guns")

  • Wherever federal law prohibits the carrying of handguns

  • Any building or property posted as a "no gun zone"

NOTE: This provides only general guidelines for carrying a handgun in Ohio and is not intended to be legal advice.

Online Classes Available

Through April