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Ohio CCW  Law - Ohio Carrying a Concealed Weapon Law


CCW

Carrying a concealed weapon (CCW) occurs when a person knowingly carries or has concealed an deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance on his or her person or ready at hand.

It also includes, should you have a permit to carry, certain actions when approached by a police officer.  You must tell the officer you have a permit and are carrying.  You must keep you hands in plain view at all times.  You can't touch the weapon or ordinance.  You can't disregard the lawful order of the law enforcement officer.

EXCEPT law enforcement officers.

Defenses:
  • Does your job demand it?

  • Would a prudent person in your position fear criminal attack?

  • Were you in your home?

  • Was the weapon properly carried in a vehicle?

Penalties

Depending on the circumstances, CCW is between a misdemeanor of the first degree and a third degree felony.  Your driver's license ends up suspended.