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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Ohio, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 34.0%1
2002: 32.1%2
2001: 32.4%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Ohio, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 38.97%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Ohio, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 50.7%5 6
1991/2000: 58.7%
1981/1990: 57.0%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Ohio, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 1,2117
2013: 1,289
2012: 1,263
2011: 1,227
2010: 1,148
2009: 991
2008: 1,115
2007: 1,105
2006: 1,114
2005: 1,116
2004: 1,036
2003: 934
2002: 1,069
2001: 1,029
2000: 890
1999: 939

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 10.447
2013: 11.14
2012: 10.93
2011: 10.63
2010: 9.95
2009: 8.60
2008: 9.68
2007: 9.61
2006: 9.70
2005: 9.74
2004: 9.05
2003: 8.17
2002: 9.37
2001: 9.04
2000: 7.84
1999: 8.28

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Ohio, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 6487
2012: 632
2011: 618
2010: 569
2009: 541
2008: 598
2007: 639
2006: 666
2005: 630
2004: 563
2003: 520
2002: 549
2001: 524
2000: 465
1999: 450

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 5.607
2012: 5.47
2011: 5.35
2010: 4.93
2009: 4.69
2008: 5.19
2007: 5.56
2006: 5.80
2005: 5.50
2004: 4.92
2003: 4.55
2002: 4.81
2001: 4.60
2000: 4.10
1999: 3.97

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Ohio, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 4477
2012: 437
2011: 453
2010: 396
2009: 366
2008: 402
2007: 413
2006: 451
2005: 408
2004: 340
2003: 321
2002: 353
2001: 316
2000: 253
1999: 256

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.867
2012: 3.78
2011: 3.92
2010: 3.43
2009: 3.17
2008: 3.49
2007: 3.59
2006: 3.93
2005: 3.56
2004: 2.97
2003: 2.81
2002: 3.09
2001: 2.77
2000: 2.23
1999: 2.26

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Ohio, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 2089 10
2012: 176
2011: 187
2010: 176
2009: 193
2008: 175
2007: 187
2006: 233
2005: 198
2004: 160
2003: 195
2002: 222
2001: 198
2000: 143
1999: 162
1998: 174
1997: 198
1996: 270
1995: 297

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.8012
2012: 1.52
2011: 1.62
2010: 1.53
2009: 1.67
2008: 1.52
2007: 1.63
2006: 2.03
2005: 1.73
2004: 1.40
2003: 1.71
2002: 1.95
2001: 1.74
2000: 1.26
1999: 1.43
1998: 1.54
1997: 1.76
1996: 2.40
1995: 2.65

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Ohio, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 2813 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 17
2010: 14
2009: 12
2008: 14
2007: 19
2006: 28
2005: 43
2004: 55
2003: 43
2002: 31
2001: 22
2000: 15
1999: 13

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Ohio, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.2413 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.24
2005: 0.38
2004: 0.48
2003: 0.38
2002: 0.27
2001: 0.19
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Ohio, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 79 10
2012: 13
2011: 21
2010: 9
2009: 11
2008: 10
2007: 21
2006: 11
2005: 27
2004: 25
2003: 14
2002: 24
2001: 17
2000: 20
1999: 7
1998: 23
1997: 13
1996: 19
1995: 30

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0612
2012: 0.11
2011: 0.18
2010: 0.08
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.09
2007: 0.18
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.24
2004: 0.22
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.21
2001: 0.15
2000: 0.18
1999: 0.06
1998: 0.20
1997: 0.12
1996: 0.17
1995: 0.27

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Ohio, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 1213 10
2012: 11
2011: 16
2010: 10
2009: 21
2008: 14
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 14
2005: 18
2004: 21
2003: 14
2002: 25
2001: 17
2000: 15
1999: 12

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Ohio, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.18
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.18
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.22
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Ohio, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 949 10
2012: 89
2011: 136
2010: 125
2009: 107
2008: 108
2007: 91
2006: 90
2005: 88
2004: 60
2003: 36
2002: 43
2001: 37
2000: 18
1999: 30
1998: 13
1997: 18
1996: 11
1995: 8

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.8112
2012: 0.77
2011: 1.18
2010: 1.08
2009: 0.93
2008: 0.94
2007: 0.79
2006: 0.78
2005: 0.77
2004: 0.52
2003: 0.31
2002: 0.38
2001: 0.32
2000: 0.16
1999: 0.26
1998: 0.11
1997: 0.16
1996: 0.10
1995: 0.07

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Ohio, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 40713 10
2012: 420
2011: 420
2010: 372
2009: 333
2008: 374
2007: 385
2006: 409
2005: 347
2004: 264
2003: 264
2002: 297
2001: 277
2000: 223
1999: 231

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Ohio, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.5213 10
2012: 3.64
2011: 3.64
2010: 3.22
2009: 2.89
2008: 3.25
2007: 3.35
2006: 3.56
2005: 3.03
2004: 2.31
2003: 2.31
2002: 2.60
2001: 2.43
2000: 1.96
1999: 2.04

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Ohio, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 1,5267
2012: 1,542
2011: 1,465
2010: 1,439
2009: 1,176
2008: 1,412
2007: 1,295
2006: 1,325
2005: 1,341
2004: 1,319
2003: 1,074
2002: 1,287
2001: 1,219
2000: 1,088
1999: 1,102

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 13.197
2012: 13.35
2011: 12.68
2010: 12.47
2009: 10.20
2008: 12.26
2007: 11.26
2006: 11.54
2005: 11.70
2004: 11.52
2003: 9.39
2002: 11.28
2001: 10.70
2000: 9.58
1999: 9.72

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Ohio, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 8007
2012: 784
2011: 726
2010: 724
2009: 590
2008: 684
2007: 659
2006: 626
2005: 668
2004: 657
2003: 572
2002: 675
2001: 671
2000: 584
1999: 626

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 6.917
2012: 6.79
2011: 6.29
2010: 6.28
2009: 5.12
2008: 5.94
2007: 5.73
2006: 5.45
2005: 5.83
2004: 5.74
2003: 5.00
2002: 5.92
2001: 5.89
2000: 5.14
1999: 5.52

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Ohio, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 9813
2012: 78
2011: 50
2010: 40
2009: 44
2008: 42
2007: 40
2006: 46
2005: 64
2004: 87
2003: 74
2002: 70
2001: 70
2000: 69
1999: 70

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.8513
2012: 0.68
2011: 0.43
2010: 0.35
2009: 0.38
2008: 0.36
2007: 0.35
2006: 0.40
2005: 0.56
2004: 0.76
2003: 0.65
2002: 0.61
2001: 0.61
2000: 0.61
1999: 0.62

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Ohio, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 9113
2012: 85
2011: 74
2010: 91
2009: 80
2008: 82
2007: 84
2006: 75
2005: 97
2004: 83
2003: 72
2002: 88
2001: 81
2000: 74
1999: 78

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.7913
2012: 0.74
2011: 0.64
2010: 0.79
2009: 0.69
2008: 0.71
2007: 0.73
2006: 0.65
2005: 0.85
2004: 0.72
2003: 0.63
2002: 0.77
2001: 0.71
2000: 0.65
1999: 0.69

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Ohio, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 61113
2012: 621
2011: 602
2010: 593
2009: 466
2008: 560
2007: 535
2006: 505
2005: 507
2004: 487
2003: 426
2002: 517
2001: 520
2000: 441
1999: 478

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 5.2813
2012: 5.38
2011: 5.21
2010: 5.14
2009: 4.04
2008: 4.86
2007: 4.65
2006: 4.40
2005: 4.42
2004: 4.25
2003: 3.73
2002: 4.53
2001: 4.57
2000: 3.88
1999: 4.22

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Ohio, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 217
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 18
2009: 19
2008: 12
2007: 14
2006: 25
2005: 24
2004: 20
2003: 21
2002: 19
2001: 26
2000: 35
1999: 34

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.187
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.16
2009: 0.16
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.12
2006: 0.22
2005: 0.21
2004: 0.17
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.17
2001: 0.23
2000: 0.31
1999: 0.30

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Ohio, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Ohio, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 10
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Ohio, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 1313
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 16
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 15
2008: 10
2007: 10
2006: 22
2005: 18
2004: 12
2003: 17
2002: 16
2001: 13
2000: 22
1999: 26

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.19
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.19
1999: 0.23

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Ohio, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 18
2011: 10
2010: 10
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 9
2006: 5
2005: 5
2004: 10
2003: 6
2002: 12
2001: 8
2000: 11
1999: 11

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.15
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.08
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.05
2002: 0.11
2001: 0.07
2000: 0.10
1999: 0.10

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Ohio, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Ohio, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Ohio, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 14
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Ohio, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Ohio, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 718
2010: 9
2009: 19
2008: 1319
2007: 8
2006: 11
2005: 3
2004: 3
2003: 10
2002: 15
2001: 1220
2000: 8
1999: 11
1998: 15
1997: 9
1996: 25
1995: 9

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Ohio at a rate of 15.621 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Ohio ranked at No. 2721 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Ohio is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Ohio includes the Ohio Revised Code and the Constitution of Ohio 191223

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Ohio are regulated by the local and state governments (as long as local regulations do not conflict with State law)24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Ohio, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Ohio, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns (without a licence),30 certain types of assault weapons31 and large capacity ammunition magazines32 (without a permit), but civilians are allowed to possess .50 calibre rifles33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Ohio, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to licensing and registration30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Ohio, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Ohio, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Ohio, non-prohibited persons of minimum age36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Ohio is 18 years for purchase of long guns, or 21 years for purchase of handguns (no minimum age for possession)37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Ohio does not stipulate38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Ohio, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Ohio, the law does not require40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Ohio, licensed firearm dealers are not required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Ohio, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Ohio, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Ohio is not obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Ohio is not obliged (under State Law)44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Ohio, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Ohio is reported to be

2015: 5,02746
2014: 5,08747
2013: 5,01448
2012: 4,71249
2011: 4,44650

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Ohio, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined51 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Ohio, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated52 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Ohio do not include53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Ohio do not include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Ohio include55 53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Ohio, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law56 57 58 59 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Ohio, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not60 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Ohio, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit61 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Ohio, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Ohio, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,39 62 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Ohio, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (by mutual agreement)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Ohio, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt39 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Ohio, private guns are prohibited in State Capitol Buildings, police and detention facilities, airports, care facilities, bars, court houses, churches (unless permitted), state-operated mental health facilities, day care centers, aircraft, private buildings prohibiting firearms, any prohibited place,63 vehicles (loaded, exposed firearms)55 and schools64 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Ohio as ‘D’65

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Ohio on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 766
2010: 967
2009: 1168
2008: 1369
2007: 1370

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Ohio at No. 2071 among 50 US States


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