New Ohio Concealed Carry Law

The Ohio legislature passed a law in December 2016 that allows those individuals with concealed carry licenses to carry weapons into child care businesses, on college campuses and in public areas of airports. The law is set to go into effect in
March 2017.

The law allows child care businesses a simple way to continue to restrict firearms. To do this, operators of child care centers or home-based family child care providers are required to post a sign that says: “Unless otherwise authorized by law, pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, no person shall knowingly possess, have under the person’s control, convey, or attempt to convey a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance onto these premises.”

While a posted sign can restrict concealed weapons from being carried into child care businesses, please note that the new law also states that properly licensed employees cannot be prohibited from keeping a handgun in their vehicle in a company parking lot (even on private property) if the weapon is either on the employee’s body or in a locked compartment.

Families using licensed child care may want to seek information from their provider
regarding plans to address or adhere to this new Ohio law. for further information: Contact the Office of the Ohio Attorney General at 800-282-0515 or 614-466-4986 (local) Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.