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Do I still need to get (or renew) my concealed carry permit in Ohio?

Concealed Carry Permit Training In Ohio

Constitutional Carry or permit less carry is currently recognized in 21 states, and that number is set to increase to 24 states in the near future. It has already passed and is waiting for the process to complete, then it will be law.

Constitutional Carry is, by definition, the ability to carry a firearm without a restriction in place by the Government. In a Constitutional Carry State, there is no licensing or training required to carry a firearm legally. Some states with unlicensed carry have implemented specific policies that restrict the carry method or who can carry. Some require you to be 21, others require you to be a state resident, and others only allow concealed or open carry.

Current Ohio law defines a “qualifying adult” as a person 21 years of age or older who is not legally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm under state or federal law.

People think that with this new bill, there’s a free-for-all where anyone can carry a concealed weapon. Well, that’s not true. You still must be a qualifying adult.
In the past, the prosecutor said, it was the responsibility of county sheriff’s offices — who were in charge of issuing CCW permits — to determine if applicants met all statutory requirements to obtain a permit. But now, going forward, YOU need to know if you qualify under Ohio law to carry a concealed weapon legally.

Section 2923.13 of the Ohio Revised Code lists circumstances prohibiting firearms’ concealed carry. Individuals may not possess a firearm if they are:

  • A fugitive from justice.
  • Under indictment for or have been convicted of any felony offense of violence.
  • Under indictment for or have been convicted of any felony offense of violence.
  • Under indictment for or have been convicted of any felony offense involving the illegal possession, use, sale, administration, distribution, or trafficking of any drug of abuse.
  • Drug dependent, in danger of drug dependence, or a chronic alcoholic.
  • Under adjudication of mental incompetence, have been adjudicated as a mental defective, have been committed to a mental institution, have been found by a court to be a mentally ill person subject to a court order, or is an involuntary patient other than one who is a patient only for purposes of observation.

Violators of those and other restrictions can still be charged with having weapons while under disability, a felony of the third degree, under the new law.

Crossing state lines

The lack of a required CCW permit could also lead to legal problems for persons traveling across state lines. Unlike the current Ohio permit, the constitutional carry law that takes effect in June has no legal standing in other states.

People can still get a CCW permit, and I suggest that people who plan to travel to other states do that. Ohio has reciprocity agreements with 38 – 40 other states regarding concealed carry permits. 

While the new Ohio law also removes the eight hours of firearm safety training required for a concealed carry permit, gun owners should continue to seek quality training.

Proper training and education on the new laws are essential. Also, if you’re going to carry (a weapon), it’s necessary to learn how to carry it properly and when to use it.

Our highly qualified and certified instructors at Survival Concepts can tailor the training you need to protect yourself in an attack and during the aftermath in court.

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