Open carry on a motorcycle

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Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby 78gs550 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:33 am

Would there be any issues with carrying a 20Ga on a motorcycle as long as the ammo is in the tailsection, locked up?

I assume that it would need to be slung over my shoulder, not in the soft case.
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Re: Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby Cruiser » Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:41 am

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Re: Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby 78gs550 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:46 am

Going to a range. Hoping to not get into trouble, just want to shoot and be safe. I seriously doubt anyone will rear end me on a bike with a shotgun on my back.
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Re: Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby charliej47 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:47 am

Remember a motorcycle is a vehicle!
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Re: Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby 78gs550 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:50 am

So, gun slung over my shoulder, not in the case. and ammo in the tail section?
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Re: Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby gfrlaser » Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:59 am

Do you have a license? If so, carry how is comfortable and safe.
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Re: Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby techguy85 » Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:13 pm

a CHL doesn't have anything to do with long gun carry, except for magazines. I would put the gun in a case unloaded and be done with it.
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Re: Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby MyWifeSaidYes » Fri Apr 17, 2015 6:47 pm

My preference would be to transport the long arm in a zippered, soft-sided case that you could sling. This protects the gun and prevents MWAG calls.

Having said that, if the gun fits the description in 2923.16(C)(4), you could sling it without a case.

Either way, you could then store your ammo in the bike or strap it to the bike with a bungee net.
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Re: Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby sodbuster95 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:35 pm

MyWifeSaidYes wrote:My preference would be to transport the long arm in a zippered, soft-sided case that you could sling. This protects the gun and prevents MWAG calls.

Having said that, if the gun fits the description in 2923.16(C)(4), you could sling it without a case.

Either way, you could then store your ammo in the bike or strap it to the bike with a bungee net.


I would agree with this. If you sling it without a case you may be in compliance with the law, but I would anticipate being stopped if you're riding more than a short distance.

Particularly if you're riding a chopper with straight pipes, flying colors, and wearing a skull mask. :mrgreen:
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Re: Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby 78gs550 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:07 pm

I ended up just tossing it in the bed of my truck and taking it out there.

But I ride old Suzuki's that are kinda under the radar anyway, but I didn't want to take the chance since the range we go to is around 12 miles from home.
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Re: Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby MyWifeSaidYes » Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:13 am

There are options:

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Re: Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby Cruiser » Mon Apr 20, 2015 7:26 am

This is meant for ATV's but worked well for me.
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Re: Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby MyWifeSaidYes » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:07 am

I had a 2009 Suzuki Bergman 650 that could have used one of those. 8)
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Re: Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby wickedgreyzx3 » Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:54 am

charliej47 wrote:Remember a motorcycle is a vehicle!


I don't have time to dig through ORC right now, but ORC clearly states that motorcycles are not vehicles.

I don't want to argue the details and I'm sure you'd have a hard time fighting it in court, but Ohio chl laws clearly don't line up with what is in ORC
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Re: Open carry on a motorcycle

Postby idoncare » Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:56 am

wickedgreyzx3 wrote:
charliej47 wrote:Remember a motorcycle is a vehicle!


I don't have time to dig through ORC right now, but ORC clearly states that motorcycles are not vehicles.

I don't want to argue the details and I'm sure you'd have a hard time fighting it in court, but Ohio chl laws clearly don't line up with what is in ORC


http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4501 is the definition you are referring to, I presume. A motorcycle is definitely a motor vehicle.
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