Ohio’s Concealed Handgun Law 2004 Report
Ohio’s law to allow citizens to carry concealed handguns went into effect on April 8, 2004.The law allows citizens with proper firearms safety training to apply with their county sheriff,or a sheriff of an adjacent county, for a license to carry a concealed handgun.Persons who apply for a license are required to undergo a criminal history backgroundcheck to ensure that they are not prohibited by law from carrying a concealed handgun. Forpersons who have lived in Ohio for five years or more, the sheriff submits the applicant’sfingerprints electronically to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation for anin-state criminal background check. Applicants who have lived in Ohio fewer than five yearsare required to undergo a national check through the Federal Bureau of Investigation.Substitute House Bill 12 of the 125
General Assembly, which allowed citizens to carryconcealed weapons, requires county sheriffs to provide statistical information about thelicenses they issue to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. The Commission, in turn, isrequired by Ohio Revised Code Chapter 109.731 to compile those statistics and report them tothe Governor and the leadership of the General Assembly each year. This document is the firstsuch report under Ohio’s new law.
In 2004, Ohio sheriffs issued 45,497 regular licenses to carry concealed weapons. The sheriffsissued 65 temporary emergency licenses, which allow a person who submits evidence ofimminent danger to receive a non-renewable 90-day license to carry a concealed handgun.
Licenses Suspended or Revoked
Under R.C. 2923.128 sheriffs must immediately suspend a concealed handgun license uponnotification that the licensee has been arrested or charged with certain offenses, or if the licenseeis the subject of a protection order issued by a court. At the end of 2004, 78 licenses had beensuspended by Ohio sheriffs under the law. That same section of the Ohio Revised Code alsorequires sheriffs to revoke the license of any person who no longer meets the eligibilityrequirements to carry a concealed handgun. In 2004, Ohio sheriffs revoked 42 regular licensesand 4 temporary emergency licenses.
The law requires that sheriffs shall deny an application by any person who fails to meet theeligibility criteria specified in R.C. 2923.125 for regular licenses, or R.C. 2923.1213 for temporaryemergency licenses. In 2004, sheriffs denied 436 applications for regular licenses and 5applications for temporary emergency licenses.
In 2004, Attorney General Jim Petro’s Office, as directed by R.C. 109.69, entered into 16reciprocal agreements with other states, allowing Ohioans to carry concealed handguns in thosestates. In addition to those states, Petro’s office contacted an additional 6 states to begin theprocess of finalizing reciprocal agreements. The remaining 28 states either do not haveconcealed handgun laws, have laws that are not “substantially comparable” to Ohio’s law, or donot allow for reciprocal agreements. A map indicating the states with which Ohio has reciprocalagreements accompanies this report.