Ohio: Where Your Concealed Handgun License Isn’t Valid

For law abiding citizens, knowing where you can and can’t carry a gun can get tricky. The information is out there if you look, but I’ve done the research, and this is what I found about prohibited Ohio concealed carry locations.

Take a look at the links I have provided to show where I got my information and make sure you understand the laws before you take my advice. I have never been, nor do I ever intend to be, a lawyer. So, take this information with that grain of salt.

Even if you are in possession of an Ohio state issued concealed handgun license (CHL), you are not allowed to carry everywhere within the state.

According to the Ohio state website about CHL, your license is not valid in the following locations:

  1. Police station
  2. Sheriff’s office
  3. State highway patrol station
  4. Premises controlled by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation
  5. State correctional institution, jail, workhouse, or other detention facility
  6. Any area of an airport passenger terminal that is beyond a passenger or property screening checkpoint or to which access is restricted through security measures by the airport authority or a public agency
  7. Mental health and addiction facilities
  8. Department of developmental disabilities
  9. School safety zones
  10. Courthouses
  11. Bars, or other places with a permit issued for the selling of alcohol
  12. Any property owned or leased by institutions of higher education such as colleges and universities (unless locked in a vehicle)
  13. Anyplace of worship that does not allow it (unless you ask and are told otherwise, assume it’s off limits)
  14. Any building that is a government facility of the state of Ohio or a political subdivision of this state and that is not a building that is used primarily as a shelter, restroom, parking facility for motor vehicles, or rest facility
  15. Anywhere already prohibited by federal law

Read here for an article on the law behind notifying police about your concealed handgun.


  1. Gary Fowler on January 11, 2020 at 6:23 am

    If in doubt, leave your gun in your car’s glove box.

  2. Ed Henry on February 16, 2020 at 3:50 pm

    Bars and other establishments may allow carry IF the CHL holder is NOT consuming alcohol.

  3. Joe Schmoe on February 24, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    What about libraries? Specifically in Summit county.

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