Open Carry When You have a CHL?

Open Carry is carrying a firearm unconcealed in Ohio. OC does not require a concealed handgun license, but the practice requires intimate knowledge of the law since there are places and situations where OC is prohibited but carrying concealed would be permitted. OC is also likely to attract attention. This forum is for discussion of OC, not for debating the pro's and con's or coordinating any type of protest events.

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Re: Open Carry When You have a CHL?

Postby JustaShooter » Thu May 02, 2019 7:29 pm

As I read the law, that would be perfectly legal - and in fact, I do it all the time.
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Re: Open Carry When You have a CHL?

Postby qmti » Fri May 03, 2019 7:22 am

"Thinking ahead, just where is your car parked during this hypothetical scenario.. There could b something to jam u up there."

I guess that would fall under the "You have to be aware of your surroundings" training.
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Re: Open Carry When You have a CHL?

Postby ohiodff » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:15 am

qmti wrote:Spring is here and the weather warms up later in day. Can you remove your coat to get in your car and have the firearm on your hip exposed while driving. Basically you are open carrying in a motor vehicle. You have a valid CHL. Is this legal?


Yes, but only because you have a LCCH. There is no such thing as Open Carry in a vehicle in Ohio.
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Re: Open Carry When You have a CHL?

Postby JustaShooter » Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:25 pm

So, just a clarification of one of the finer points of Ohio law. Many people mistakenly believe that having the handgun in a motor vehicle automatically means it is concealed under Ohio law. It's not, a firearm can still be considered in plain view, it's just that openly carrying in a vehicle in Ohio doesn't make it legal as it does outside of a motor vehicle. All legal carry in a motor vehicle requires that the firearm is a handgun and the person has a concealed handgun license (CHL) unless the firearm is unloaded and stored properly. Otherwise it is considered "improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle", not "carrying a concealed weapon", two very different sections of Ohio law. (Of course it can *also* be considered "carrying a concealed weapon" if it is also concealed, so you can get hit with both infractions...)
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