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).

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:

In 2017, Ohio had the 22nd highest gun death rate among the states. Ohio also exports more crime guns to other states than it imports.

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.