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.
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.