Ohio in general and Columbus Zoo

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    Ohio in general and Columbus Zoo

    Will be traveling by car to the Dayton/Columbus area soon, and plan to visit the Columbus zoo with my family. I have two questions:

    1) Is the "Buckeye tuck" still required when traveling in a vehicle in Ohio (i.e. exposing weapon while in car as required by law)?

    2) Is CCW allowed at the Columbus Zoo, or are metal detectors present, etc.?

    Thanks

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    1) No. (That changed in March 2007)

    2) Not sure about Columbus Zoo. If the city owns the zoo then you can carry in the zoo itself but you can't enter any city owned buildings (restrooms,etc).
    If it is privately owned then its left up to the owner...could lead to a misdemeanor trespass charge if it's posted and you get caught.

    I know the Cincinnati Zoo permits ccw and they are privately owned.
    If Columbus Zoo is anything like Cincinnati Zoo (in a bad neighborhood) then you could bet your last dollar that I would be carrying.

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    Are non residents allowed to carry a loaded firearm inside their car while traveling through the state of Ohio?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HKP30 View Post
    Are non residents allowed to carry a loaded firearm inside their car while traveling through the state of Ohio?
    IIRC Ohio law prohibits a loaded gun in the vehicle unless you have a CCW permit that is recognized by Ohio and the gun is holstered on your person. IANAL-Jay

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    That's what I expected, but figured I should ask anyway.

    Looks like I'll be sitting in on a class sometime soon and sending some paperwork along with a few money orders to Florida and Utah since Ohio doesn't like my Indiana Permit.
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    The Columbus Zoo is posted. No go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKP30 View Post
    Looks like I'll be sitting in on a class sometime soon and sending some paperwork along with a few money orders to Florida and Utah since Ohio doesn't like my Indiana Permit.
    The Florida permit is the way I went.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete10 View Post
    The Columbus Zoo is posted. No go.

    Heh, their reasoning is probably risk of accidential discharge and dispatch of a semi-extinct specimen.
    It is utterly illogical to believe that passing laws to reduce gun violence will be successful when those who are commiting the gun violence do not obey the law.

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    The Columbus Zoo is owned by the city of Columbus, thus making it a governmental entity. Even if you could carry there, (which you can't, it's posted) you would not be able to enter any of the buildings, including restrooms.

    The Columbus Zoo is in a very nice part of town. It's actually in Delaware County, and not within the Columbus city limits.

    Have fun, it's an awesome zoo, and tell Jack Hanna we said HI if you see him wondering around the grounds of the zoo.
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    Thanks everyone, I appreciate the info.

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