Open Carry in Ohio

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    Open Carry in Ohio

    Can anyone share their experience with open carry in Ohio.


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    About a year ago I saw 2 guys both open carrying in a Subway sandwich shop here in Cincinnati. It made me look twice, and wonder for a moment if they were LEOs.

    A moment later it hit me that all the customers at the store were carrying (myself concealed). One safe place to eat tha day. :-)

    That is the only time I have seen a non LEO open carry in my 20 years here in Ohio.

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    Open Carry??

    The only issue that is in the back of my mind if I were to do Open Carry is that if I am in a Stop and Rob and there is a BG that wants to Rob it, is he going to shoot me first and then rob the place since I am an easy Ambush target? I only CCW.
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    From what I have heard Ohio is not open carry friendly. I'm sure that varies by location. I've never seen anyone open carry and I've lived here all my life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Thunder View Post
    The only issue that is in the back of my mind if I were to do Open Carry is that if I am in a Stop and Rob and there is a BG that wants to Rob it, is he going to shoot me first and then rob the place since I am an easy Ambush target? I only CCW.






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    Open carry is legal in Ohio, however, I don't recommend it in a lot of areas. Expect some 'trouble' from the sheeple.
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    As said, it depends on your area. Where I live, I OC as often as I CC and have had no issues, but have not been doing it long. A guy on one of the Ohio boards I frequent OC's alot and has not had any issues, we are in the same city.

    Cleveland I would not suggest trying, they are anti up there.

    As for being picked off if you are OC'ing at the Stop N' Rob, that is said alot, but i have yet to hear about it happening. I have heard of people not committing their crime due to someone being armed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justherenow View Post
    As said, it depends on your area. Where I live, I OC as often as I CC and have had no issues, but have not been doing it long. A guy on one of the Ohio boards I frequent OC's alot and has not had any issues, we are in the same city.

    Cleveland I would not suggest trying, they are anti up there.

    As for being picked off if you are OC'ing at the Stop N' Rob, that is said alot, but i have yet to hear about it happening. I have heard of people not committing their crime due to someone being armed.
    What city are you OC'ing in? I went to HS in southern Ohio (Ironton). It was illegal back in 1978, so I never noticed anyone. But I actually lived in KY where it was legal. I even OC'd around a Deputy when I was about 14 without any trouble.

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    I don't believe it has ever been "illegal" in Ohio. Technically, the only reason it is legal is we don't have a law against it. Currently, we only have a law (9.68) that gives preemption so cities *can't* make laws against carrying. That specific law also reiterates that Ohio citizens have a state constitutional right to self-defense and to carry.

    Also, I have OCed several times in Dayton. The Hasty Tasty is where my OC group eats a lot and is very supportive.,
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    Quote Originally Posted by rljohns View Post
    What city are you OC'ing in? I went to HS in southern Ohio (Ironton). It was illegal back in 1978, so I never noticed anyone. But I actually lived in KY where it was legal. I even OC'd around a Deputy when I was about 14 without any trouble.
    Not going to give me exact city, but I am about 40 minutes from Columbus.
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    I will say if you open carry in NE ohio you'll get a hassle. It's just not seen in this area.
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    Thumbs up Ohio OC - Cincinnati

    Well I regularly oc an cc depending on the weather, during this summer getting gas or out to eat, and what I might be wearing (some of my T shirts don't fit as well). In and around OTR (over the rhine) Clifton, and various other stops, or sometimes I just don't grab my cover shirt.
    Ok, Now I wear short milit hair, stand 6'4 250 dress respectable, wear oxfords... so usually don't have to many problems. Luckily Ohio has a Open Carry Law, and my Ohio CHL (concealed handgun license) is only necessary to carry concealed or to carry Open or Concealed in Neighboring state of Indiana.
    I have had a few sheeple kinda go bug eye, but for the most people are a lot more considerate to others, seen a most likely bad scene stop from happening, (I think i stopped a robbery once some unsavory looking folks came in then looked an left). Luckily I can wear while I drive my Company truck, with it being ok'd by employer but we lock up when going into a customers place. If your in OHIO you can find more on the OFCC site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cableguy View Post
    Well I regularly oc an cc depending on the weather, during this summer getting gas or out to eat, and what I might be wearing (some of my T shirts don't fit as well). In and around OTR (over the rhine) Clifton, and various other stops, or sometimes I just don't grab my cover shirt.
    Ok, Now I wear short milit hair, stand 6'4 250 dress respectable, wear oxfords... so usually don't have to many problems. Luckily Ohio has a Open Carry Law, and my Ohio CHL (concealed handgun license) is only necessary to carry concealed or to carry Open or Concealed in Neighboring state of Indiana.
    I have had a few sheeple kinda go bug eye, but for the most people are a lot more considerate to others, seen a most likely bad scene stop from happening, (I think i stopped a robbery once some unsavory looking folks came in then looked an left). Luckily I can wear while I drive my Company truck, with it being ok'd by employer but we lock up when going into a customers place. If your in OHIO you can find more on the OFCC site.
    And just to be correct, Ohio does not have an open carry law. We have a constitutional agreement that we have the right to defend ourselves and we *lack* a law denying our ability to carry. The only law we have on the books is 9.68 which says in order to provide a uniform law across the state, excluding Federal and State law restrictions, "a person, without further license, permission, restriction, delay, or process, may own, possess, purchase, sell, transfer, transport, store, or keep any firearm, part of a firearm, its components, and its ammunition."

    This is a restrictive law on municipalities and not "permission" to citizens. Ohio doesn't permit in their laws. They restrict. Anything not restricted is allowed, including the owning of machine guns and suppressors (with the usual required Fed involvement).

    And you can find more information on that site, even if you aren't in Ohio :P
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    I have grown up in Ohio, and OC'd once many years ago. I had an encounter with the local PD, and nothing was said during our discussion.
    I have never understood OC, as I think that too many sheeple would freak out when you encounter them. I patiently waited on CC, and feel much better with it. With OC, I do not like the fact that the weapon is in full view, and that it could be taken from behind, etc. I do not want anybody to know that I am carrying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie B View Post
    I have grown up in Ohio, and OC'd once many years ago. I had an encounter with the local PD, and nothing was said during our discussion.
    I have never understood OC, as I think that too many sheeple would freak out when you encounter them. I patiently waited on CC, and feel much better with it. With OC, I do not like the fact that the weapon is in full view, and that it could be taken from behind, etc. I do not want anybody to know that I am carrying.

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    Plus, the bad guy will shoot you first. I'm surprised no one has brought that point up during these OC discussions.

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