State Law Background
Among other things, Ohio requires a firearm owner to report the loss or theft of any firearm in the person’s possession or under the person’s control.
However, Ohio does not:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
- Regulate ammunition sales;
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
- Provide local governments with the discretion to deny concealed weapons permits.
In 2016, Ohio had the 25th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Ohio had the 20th lowest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2016–meaning that crime guns originally sold in Ohio were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 20th lowest rate among the states.
Ohio Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Ohio, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.