Current Ohio Campus Carry Laws

The following is a brief explanation of the laws regarding campus carry in Ohio. Please note that the following is not legal advice. You should consult an attorney if you have legal questions.

Law as it Pertains to Campus Carry:

ORC 2923.126 prohibits concealed carry on any premises owned or leased by any public or private college, university, or other institution of higher education, unless the handgun is in a locked motor vehicle or the licensee is in the immediate process of placing the handgun in a locked motor vehicle.

Open carry on a university campus is not restricted by state law, except as it pertains to buildings. This has yet to be tested in court and could lead to an arrest and criminal charges. You should consult an attorney before engaging in any form of open carry on a college campus.

ORC 9.68 Preemption

Some public universities prohibit even licensees from storing their firearms in their car while on campus. These universities claim it is part of their general rule making authority granted by ORC 3345.21. These rules violate state law. The Ohio legislature has overruled the general rule making authority of universities by enacting specific legislation in ORC 2923.126(B)(5), which specifically allows a licensee to store their weapon in their vehicle while on campus. Additionally, the State of Ohio in ORC 9.68 has preempted any lesser government entity from enacting general rules or laws more strict than those at a state level.

Students and visitors at public universities should check with either the general counsel of the university, or the university  police, to see how they interpret their university’s policies regarding the storage of firearms in a vehicle by a licensee.