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Regardless of whether or not they have a concealed handgun license, people are generally prohibited under Ohio law from possessing a firearm in the following locations:

  • A law enforcement office or correctional institution;1
  • An airport passenger terminal;2
  • A facility operated by the Ohio Department of Mental Health;3
  • Any room or open air arena in which beer or intoxicating liquor is being served on premises for which a liquor license has been issued unless the person is not consuming beer or intoxicating liquor or under the influence of alcohol or a drug of abuse.4;
  • A courthouse or building in which a courtroom is located (with limited exceptions);5
  • A place of worship, unless the place of worship posts notice or otherwise permits concealed handguns;6
  • A child day-care center or family day-care home, except that a licensee who resides in a family day-care home may carry a handgun in any part of the home not used for day-care purposes. He or she may carry a handgun in any part of the home that is used for day-care purposes at a time during which no children, other than the licensee’s own children, are in the home;7
  • An aircraft that is in operation or intended for operation in foreign, interstate, or intrastate air transportation or mail transportation;8
  • 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;9
  • Any place in which federal law prohibits the carrying of a handgun;10
  • Any privately-owned land or premises, or land or premises leased from Ohio or the United States or political subdivisions of Ohio or the United States, upon which the owner, lessee, or person in control posts a sign prohibiting persons from carrying firearms onto the land or premises.11

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)12.


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  1. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(1).[]
  2. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(1).[]
  3. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(1).[]
  4. Ohio Rev. Code §§ 2923.121(B)(1)(e), 2923.126(B)(4).[]
  5. Ohio Rev. Code §§ 2923.123; 2923.126(B)(3).[]
  6. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(6).[]
  7. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(7).[]
  8. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(8).[]
  9. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(9).[]
  10. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(10).[]
  11. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(C)(3).[]
  12. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3505.21.[]