Ohio has significant room for improvement with regard to gun safety, earning a D on our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. The state fails to require background checks on private sales and doesn’t regulate assault weapons or large-capacity ammunition magazines. In 2017, Ohio had the 22nd-highest gun death rate among the states and was a net exporter of crime guns. To save lives from gun violence, Ohio legislators could require universal background checks and regulate undetectable and untraceable firearms (also known as ghost guns).

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Universal background checks

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Ammunition sale regulation

  • Waiting period