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Overview for Ohio

The Ohio State Constitution states “The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.” Article 1, Section 4.

Ohio residents may purchase shotguns, rifles, and ammunition from the following states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. To do this they must be able to legally own a firearm in Ohio. Residents of the state listed above may purchase shotguns, rifles, and ammunition in Ohio. Provided they can legally own firearms in their home states.

Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails

Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to Purchase No No
Open Carry Yes Yes
Concealed Carry No Yes
State Preemption of Local Restrictions Yes Yes
Firearm Registration No No
Owner License No No

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

Official Concealed Carry page for Ohio.

Ohio Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Ohio Magazine Capacity


The City of Columbus passed an ordinance in 2022 banning magazines of 30 or more rounds by July 1, 2023.

Does Ohio have a gun buy back program?

Ohio does not run, or fund any gun buyback programs.

There is no statewide gun buyback program but individual cities have conducted them in past including Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus, and Akron.

Does Ohio have an inheritance gun law?

Ohio does not have an inheritance gun law.

Ohio FAQ

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