Concealed Carry Law change in Ohio

Dec 19, 2014 | Featured

Ohio Governor John Kasich seems very likely to sign legislation that will change the concealed carry law in Ohio, though the change will put Ohio more in line with other states.  The bill was passed by massive veto proof votes in the state Senate (24-6) and House (72-21).  The most significant change is in the amount of training, though it will mean that Ohio’s training requirements will still be much higher than the national average

  • Scrap a rule that a concealed-carry permit applicant must be an Ohio resident for at least 45 days and a resident of the county for at least 30 days;
  • Automatically recognize concealed handgun licenses issued by any state that recognizes Ohio’s licenses. Currently, such reciprocity only happens when the attorney general enters into a written agreement with another state;
  • Make Ohio compliant with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, so anyone with a state handgun license doesn’t have to get an NICS check when they purchase a firearm;
  • Prohibit concealed weapons licenses from being issued to people who hold a nonimmigrant visa or who have been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. military; and
  • Establish a six-month grace period to renew a concealed handgun license for members of the military, AmeriCorps, or the U.S. Foreign Service — as well as their immediate family members.

Over the last five years the number of new licenses issue were 315,478 (general data available here).  Licenses renewed were 94,910.  Presumably, 2014 was another year in which permits were issued at a high rate.  Minus the number of permits revoked (1,832) gives you a total of 408,565 permits.   The revocation rate for any reason was 0.4%.

The lower training require should significantly increase the number of permit holders.  The current $55 fee appears unchanged, and it continues to be near the national average.

The number of states that Ohio will honor the permits from will also increase by 10 from 23 to 33.

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Currently the state permits that Ohio honors is given here (23).

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But soon all the states that honor Ohio’s permits will be the ones that Ohio honors (33).

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1 Comment

  1. Gary D. Taylor

    My name is Gary D. Taylor I have lived in Ohio since 1990. In 2011 I bought a hand gun from Kames sporting store in Green, Ohio and in 2011 another handgun from fin fur and feathers in Ashland, Ohio. I took a conceal carry training class in May of 2011 and applied for my conceal carry permit in June of 2011 which I was approved and received it at the end of June, 2011. Fast forward to July of 2016 I reapplied for my 5 year renewal permit in Akron, Ohio at the Summit county Sheriffs office where I was refused they said I was refused for a 1994 Domestic Violence Charge that happened where I pleaded Guilty and I only remember pleading not guilty and spending 13 days in jail because I did not do anything wrong I was a victim and I didn’t have the $10,000 for my bond. When I went back to court after 7 days same thing I remained in jail for another 6 days went back to court and the charges were dropped and I was released. Now the say all three were mistakes I can’t have my permit renewed, I was also stop by the police once and once had to fire to protect myself from pit bull dog attack and both times was checked with permit with no problems.I just don’t understand what is going on with this can you give any insight to this.


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