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The text below is an email memorandumfromGeraldMcDonald. Vandalialawdirector.to
Vandalia's chief of police on April 24, 2012. The memorandum explains Ohio law regarding
concealed or open carry of a firearm on private and public property in Ohio. The information is
supplemental to VPD Training Bulletin 12-06.
[To:] Chief Knight:
In a recent telephone call you asked for some clarification on where a private person (i.e. not a
police officer) can lawfully carry a weapon on the ir person in a public or private place. For
purposes of this memo, I have broken your question down to two different situations. The first
being, where can one carry a concealed weapon? The second being, where can one carry an
open weapon?

In 2004 the General Assembly enacted a licensing procedure for handgun owners in Ohio. (See
R.C . 2923.125). R.C . 2923.126(A) provides that a ticensed handgun owner may carry a
concealed handgun anywhere in this state except as provided in R.e. 2923.126(8) and (e).
R.e. 2923.126(8) sets forth specific locations where certain licensed handgun owner may not
carry a concealed handgun which include:
A police station, jail , workhouse , or other detention facility, or an airport passenger
terminal, facilities for the care of mentally ill persons;

A school safety zone ;


A courthouse or another building or structure in which a courtroom is located;

Any premises or open air arena for which a 0 liquor permit has been issued if the
licensee carrying the concealed handgun is consuming beer or intoxicating liquor or under the
influence of alcohol or a drug of abuse;
Any premises owned or leased by any public or private college , university, or other
institution of higher education, unless the handgun is in a locked motor veh icle or the licensee is
in the immediate process of placing the handgun in a locked motor vehicle ;
Any church, synagogue, mosque, or other place of worship, unless the church,
synagogue, mosque, or other place of worship posts or permits otherwise;
A child day-care center, and with certain exceptions, a type A family day-care home, a
type 8 family day-care home, or a type e fam ily da y-care home;
An aircraft that is in, or intended for operation in, foreign air transportation , interstate air
transportation , intrastate air transportation , or the transportation of mail by aircraft;
Any building that is owned by this state or any political subdivision of this state, and all
portions of any building that is not owned by any governmental entity listed in th is division but
that is leased by such a governm ental entity listed in this division ;

A place in which federal law prohibits the carrying of handguns.

R.C . 2923.126(C) (1) and (C) (3) allow private employers and landowners to prohibit concealed
weapons on their property as they deem fit by posting a sign. (subject to certain exception).