Ohio prohibits any person from knowingly possessing a firearm in a “school safety zone.”1 Ohio also prohibits the knowing possession in a school safety zone of any object indistinguishable from a firearm, whether or not it is capable of being fired, if the possessor indicates that he or she possesses the object and that it is a firearm, or the person knowingly displays or brandishes the object and indicates that it is a firearm.2 A “school safety zone” consists of any school, school building, school premises, school activity or school bus.3

This prohibition does not apply to a concealed handgun license holder who possesses a handgun in a school safety zone if the person does not enter into a school building or onto school premises and is not at a school activity and is in compliance with federal law.4 This prohibition also does not apply to concealed handgun license holder who possesses a handgun in a school safety zone as the driver or passenger in a motor vehicle while immediately in the process of picking up or dropping off a child.5

A concealed handgun license does not authorize a person to carry a concealed handgun on premises owned or leased by a college, university or other institution of higher education, unless the handgun is in a locked motor vehicle.6

The superintendent of schools of a city, exempted village, or local school district must expel a pupil from school for a period of one year if the pupil brings a firearm to a school operated by the board of education of the district or onto any other property owned or controlled by the board.7 The superintendent may expel a pupil from school for a period of one year for bringing a firearm to an interscholastic competition, an extracurricular event, or any other school program or activity that is not located in a school or on property that is owned or controlled by the district.8 The superintendent may reduce these disciplinary actions on case-by-case bases in accordance with board policy.9

See our Guns in Schools policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.122(B). ⤴︎
  2. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.122(C). ⤴︎
  3. Ohio Rev. Code § 2901.01(C)(1). ⤴︎
  4. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.122(D)(3). ⤴︎
  5. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.122(D)(4). ⤴︎
  6. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.126(B)(5). ⤴︎
  7. Ohio Rev. Code § 3313.66(B)(2)(a). ⤴︎
  8. Ohio Rev. Code § 3313.66(B)(2)(b). ⤴︎
  9. Ohio Rev. Code § 3313.66(B)(2)(a), (b). ⤴︎