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  1. May 10, 2011 7:47 pm

    The Ohio Attorney General’s Publication Ohio’s Concealed Carry Law

    the above link will take you to the entire booklet. this booklet is REQUIRED reading for anyone applying for a Ohio License to Carry a concealed handgun.

    From page 18:
    Ohio’s concealed carry laws do not regulate “open” carry of firearms.If you openly carry, use caution. The open carry of firearms is a legal activity in Ohio.”

    No license is required unless the individual is in a motor vehicle.
    However, Ohio License to Carry a Concealed Hand Gun is very useful to have even when carrying openly.

  2. May 10, 2011 7:53 pm

    This Letter was Provided By Ohioans For Concealed Carry, And was mailed to all Law enforcement offices in the State of Ohio
    Phone & Fax: (888) 881-2559 –
    Ohioans For Concealed Carry, Inc.
    P.O. Box 247 – Avon, OH 44011

    “The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security.”
    Ohio Constitution, Article I, Section 4

    To Whom It May Concern:
    Ohioans for Concealed Carry is an Ohio not-for-profit corporation that was organized in 1999 to
    advocate for the rights of responsible Ohio gun owners. OFCC’s first mission was to pass a
    concealed carry law in Ohio, which it accomplished in 2004. Since then, hundreds of thousands
    of Ohioans have obtained licenses to carry concealed handguns. Many of those licensees carry
    a handgun in their daily life activities, sometimes concealed, other times unconcealed.
    As you know, Ohioans have long had the right to openly carry firearms provided they are not
    otherwise prohibited from possessing guns. However, the open carry of firearms has, for a
    considerable period of the state’s history, been a seldom exercised right. That appears to be
    The purpose of this letter is to ask for your assistance in educating law enforcement officers
    and citizens concerning the open carry of firearms. We hope that through the concerted efforts
    of your department and OFCC, we can reduce misunderstandings that sometimes occur when
    officers encounter citizens openly carrying firearms.
    We believe that the practice of open carry of firearms is becoming more popular at least in part
    because the Ohio Supreme Court recently upheld the constitutionality of Ohio Revised Code
    Section 9.68, which prohibits local legislation that infringes upon the right of people to keep
    and bear arms. Prior to that, many cities had local ordinances that curtailed the right to carry a
    firearm. Those ordinances are now dead letters. A copy of Section 9.68 is enclosed for your
    Notwithstanding that the open carry of firearms is a legal activity, at least for adults under no
    firearms disability and otherwise compliant with the law, citizens sometimes react with surprise
    or even alarm when they see a person carrying a gun. You know better than we do that calls of
    “man (or woman) with a gun” require some kind of response in most cases. So officers are
    sometimes dispatched or summoned to do something about a completely lawful activity. Most
    officers recognize that there is nothing unlawful or even suspicious about a person merely
    carrying a firearm in most instances. But some officers seem to feel compelled to “do
    something”, and that is when we hear some interesting stories. Fortunately, the most frequent
    missteps made by the rare uneducated officer have been dealt with by several major
    departments in Ohio. These includes the ‘inducing panic” myth and the “disorderly conduct”
    myth. The mere carrying of a firearm supports neither charge. For example, the Akron Police
    Department issued a memorandum to its officers about open carry. We have attached a copy
    of that document for your convenience. In addition, the Ohio Attorney General’s concealed
    carry handbook specifically advises that open carry is legal. Again, a copy is enclosed.
    Finally, we hope that you will help make certain that officers understand that one does not
    need a license to openly carry a firearm (naturally, we hope they also understand that a license
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    “The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security.”
    Ohio Constitution, Article I, Section 4
    is required when the person is in a motor vehicle), and that once a person has a concealed carry
    license that person does not lose the right to carry openly. Other issues we have run across
    include officers mistakenly believing that an open carrier must produce a concealed carry
    license upon demand, or that the open carry of a firearm alone is enough to initiate a Terry
    stop. Again, we hope you will help spread the word and dispel these misconceptions of the
    We know your agency is probably out in front of this problem. Still, there have been remote
    issues throughout the state. We hope with this letter to put any possible confusion to rest. If
    you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact our Section 9.68 Compliance
    Coordinator, Chris Harben, at 888-881-2559, extension 6, or you can fax any concerns or
    comments to the same number. Additionally, we invite you and everyone in the agency to visit
    our web site for more information.
    Ohioans For Concealed Carry, Inc.

    Please donate to OFCC, They do a lot for “carriers” in Ohio

  3. May 10, 2011 8:01 pm

    Prosecutor, City of Akron.

    Information for officers regarding “Open Carry” of firearms by citizens
    In late summer in Akron, Ohio a couple officers saw a man walking on a Main St.
    sidewalk with a pistol strapped in a holster on his hip in plain view. The man said
    nothing and did nothing threatening. In fact, he was with his adult daughter and
    the two stepped into a restaurant to order food. He was just going about his own
    business. The officers were concerned, not yet alarmed, but wondered, “What
    police action should we take?”
    When Concealed Carry was made legal in Ohio some changes came about that
    affect local law. Most recently, state law enacted “preemption” with purpose to
    make any and all laws pertaining to firearms a statewide matter with uniform
    regulation and enforcement. Simply put, the state law trumps any pre-existing
    local ordinances and prohibits creation of new ordinances in conflict with state
    Under state law, there is no prohibition against carrying a firearm openly, i.e., not
    concealed. A permit is not required to carry this way. Carrying a pistol openly on
    the hip is not breaking the law. This action in and of itself alone is not a basis for a
    Neither is carrying a gun openly disorderly conduct or inducing panic. If an officer
    engages in conversation with a person who is carrying a gun openly, but
    otherwise not committing a crime, the person cannot be required to produce
    identification. The law does specify that a person may not carry a loaded firearm
    in a motor vehicle except under the provisions set forth for a person who
    possesses a concealed handgun license (CHL).
    It is rare that people carry this way in Akron. However, if you do come across a
    person with a gun holstered in plain view, think before you act. Is he breaking any
    law? Is he threat? Is he doing anything that constitutes a Terry stop? If not, be
    cautious, keep on eye on his actions and let him go about his way.
    Sgt. Jeff Mullins, Training Bureau. Reviewed and Approved by Police Legal Advisor, Mr. Tom DiCaudo, Asst.
    Prosecutor, City of Akron.

  4. May 13, 2011 10:49 am


    Thanks to those who persevered and caused this letter to be written, You know who you are.

  5. May 15, 2011 9:10 pm

    Buckeye Firearms Association
    Defending Your Firearm Rights

    Ohio CCW Information Center

    This is a great place to link to resources for concealed Carry, and Open Carry.
    Please check out this page, visit the Forum, and PLEASE donate to BFA, They do a lot for “carriers” in Ohio.

  6. May 15, 2011 9:22 pm
    “A Right Unexercised is a Right Lost”


    these maps are an awesome resource. You can find out where it is legal to carry Open, Concealed, in Restaraunts that serve alcohol, and much more.

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