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Ohio generally prohibits carrying firearms into courthouses or buildings or structures in which a courtroom is located (with limited exceptions);1

Ohio law generally restricts people from carrying concealed handguns into the following locations, whether or not they have a license to carry a concealed handgun, although no Ohio statute prohibits open carry of handguns or long guns in these locations:

  • An airport passenger terminal;2
  • A law enforcement office or correctional institution;3
  • A place of worship, unless the place of worship posts notice or otherwise permits concealed handguns;4
  • Any building that is a government facility of the state or political subdivision of the state and not used primarily as a shelter, restroom, parking facility for motor vehicles, or rest facility unless the governing body with authority over the building has enacted a statute, ordinance, or policy that permits a person to carry a concealed handgun into the building;5
  • A facility operated by the Ohio Department of Mental Health;6
  • Any place in which federal law prohibits the carrying of a handgun;7

Ohio also generally prohibits possession of firearms in establishments licensed to sell liquor in rooms or open air arenas where alcohol is being served on premises, although this restriction generally does not apply to people who are licensed to carry handguns or otherwise eligible for permitless carry, if they are not consuming alcohol or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and if the establishment does not restrict firearm carrying.8.

Ohio law also generally makes it unlawful criminal trespass to knowingly carry firearms onto private property that is conspicuously posted with notices that carrying firearms or concealed firearms onto that property is prohibited.9

Ohio has no law prohibiting firearms in the following places, although administrative regulations may apply:

  • Parks;
  • Hospitals;
  • Gambling facilities; or
  • Polling places (however, poll observers may not carry firearms while serving).10


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  1. Ohio Rev. Code §§ 2923.123; 2923.126(B)(3).[]
  2. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(1) (Concealed handguns are restricted in “any area of an airport passenger terminal that is beyond a passenger or property screening checkpoint or to which access is restricted through security measures by the airport authority or a public agency.”[]
  3. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(1).[]
  4. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(6).[]
  5. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(7).[]
  6. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(1).[]
  7. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(8).[]
  8. Ohio Rev. Code §§ 2923.121(B)(1)(e); 2923.126(B)(4).[]
  9. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(C)(3).[]
  10. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3505.21.[]