Ohio's Firearm Restrictions and Concealed Carry Laws

Firearm Restrictions for Boaters in Ohio

Except for persons legally engaged in hunting, no person shall discharge a firearm while in or on a vessel.

Except for persons legally engaged in hunting OR persons legally licensed to carry a concealed handgun, no person shall transport or have a loaded firearm in a vessel in such a manner that the firearm is accessible to the operator or any passenger.

Except for persons legally licensed to carry a concealed handgun, no person shall transport or have a firearm in a vessel, unless it is unloaded and carried in a closed package, box or case OR in plain sight with the action open or the weapon stripped.

Firearm Restrictions for Boaters in Ohio

This section does not apply to the possession or discharge of a U.S. Coast Guard approved distress signalling device when the device is possessed or used for the purpose of giving a distress signal. Such signalling devices shall only be loaded immediately prior to discharging a legal signal of distress,

No person shall operate or permit operation of a vessel in violation of this section.

Not all states honor Ohio’s concealed carry law. Visit the Ohio Attorney General’s website (ohioattorneygeneral.gov) for a listing of reciprocity agreements. Handguns are restricted in Canada. Know the law before you leave U.S. waters. (rcmp-grc.ca/cfp-pcaf) Interpretation of Ohio’s CCL for handguns (ORC 2923.12 is administered by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.