Ohio Is A Constitution Carry (Permitless) State:
Should I Still Get My Concealed Handgun License?
A person not prohibited from owning a firearm is able to carry a handgun concealed without obtaining a Concealed Handgun License (CHL). Ohio is the twenty-third of twenty-five states which have enacted permitless carry. Twenty-three other states*, allow you to carry your handgun without a CHL. An excellent article about Ohio's permitless carry by the Buckeye Firearms Association can be read: "Answers to Common Questions about Ohio’s New Permitless Carry Law."
To be able to carry your handgun for self-defense in states that do not have permitless carry; you need to have two elements present:
1.) A Concealed Handgun License issued by your jurisdiction of residence;
2.) An Agreement of Reciprocity between your state of residence and the state you are visiting or a non-resident CHL if the destination state issues them.
The state of Ohio has entered into Reciprocity Agreements with thirty-eight other states which allow you to carry a handgun for protection under your Ohio Concealed Handgun License. You can view the list of states in which Ohio has entered into reciprocity agreements with here: Ohio Reciprocity Agreements.
Should you get your CHL? If you want to take full advantage of your right to self-defense when traveling to other states, the answer is: (fill in your answer here).
*North Dakota restricts permitless carry to residents of their state only. North Dakota DOES have reciprocity with Ohio allowing you to carry with an Ohio CHL..