Saturday and Sunday Classes: Classroom portion is now conducted on Zoom starting at 10am and goes till 4pm on Saturday. Range portion is now on Sundays either 10am-12pm or 12pm-2pm.
Tuesday and Wednesday Classes: Classroom portion is now conducted on Zoom starting at 4pm and goes till 10pm Tuesday. Range portion is now on Wednesdays either 6-8pm or 8-10pm.
Ohio is a shall-issue state with concealed weapons Licenses issued at the county level by a county sheriff.
There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual.
Open carry is legal in Ohio without a License except in vehicles or in businesses that sell alcohol. Since open carry is not addressed in state statutes, the Federal minimum age for possession of a handgun of 18 years old applies.
Concealed carry is legal for residents with an Ohio Concealed Handgun License (CHL) and non-residents with a valid state license/permit. Residents 21 years of age and older can obtain a CHL. They must have completed eight hours of firearms training and meet other criteria to qualify. Current and former servicemen and women are able to obtain an Ohio CHL without paying the fee or going through a concealed carry class. In addition, active duty military with a valid military identification card and documentation of successful firearms training that meets or exceeds that required in Ohio do not need to obtain an Ohio license. Non-residents can obtain a CHL if they work in Ohio. In terms of reciprocity, Ohio will honor permits issued by any state or jurisdiction. Executive Order 2020-01D was declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Section 11(E) addresses Ohio Concealed Handgun Licenses. License holders whose CHL expired on or after March 9, 2020, will be considered to have a valid license, to the sooner of either ninety days or June 30, 2021, with the ninety-day extension period commencing on that date of scheduled expiration. In addition, the law regarding license renewals has been changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ohioans can now renew a concealed carry license at any county sheriff’s office in the state.
Ohio adheres to the Castle Doctrine and based on the Governor’s signing of SB 175 on January 4, 2021, is now a “stand your ground” state. There is no duty to retreat before using force in self-defense, defense of another, or defense of that person’s residence provided the person is in a place that the person has the lawful right to be.
Ohio’s self defense laws presume that a person has acted in defense of another or self-defense when applying deadly force if that person is in a place in which the person lawfully has a right to be. Therefore, the prosecution would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused person did not use the force in self-defense, defense of another or defense of that person’s residence, as the case may be.
[Ohio Rev. Code §§ 2901.09, 2901.05]