Handguns are weapons used by citizens for personal protection. Different rules apply when carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle, and each state in America has different laws regarding the transportation of handguns in vehicles. The state of Ohio allows for the transportation of firearms in automobiles but places strict restrictions on how these guns are transported. The Ohio Code regulates how to transport a handgun in the state of Ohio under Title 29 Chapter 2923.16 (Improperly Handling Firearms in a Motor Vehicle).
According to Chapter 2923.16 of the Ohio Code, no loaded gun may be transported in a motor vehicle in Ohio. A violation of the law will result in charges up to a 4th degree felony. The following exceptions apply: If the weapon is located in a holster attached to a person in the vehicle, the gun may be loaded. Guns in Ohio vehicles may also be loaded if they are secured in a closed case or container that has a closing mechanism. This container must be in plain sight. Drivers may transport loaded guns in a vehicle if the weapons are contained in a locked glove box.
Handguns and firearms may be transported in plain sight in the car of an Ohio resident, provided the gun is secured on a gun rack or holder inside the vehicle. If on a gun rack, the firearm must be at least two feet in length from the muzzle to the end of the stock or the barrel must be at least a foot and a half long. Guns not in a secure rack but in open sight can result in felony charges
Guns may be concealed in an Ohio vehicle. Guns may be transported in a closed box, package or case according to Chapter 2923.16(E1b) of the Ohio Code. Guns may also be concealed in a closed glove compartment. Guns may not be concealed in other parts of the vehicle, such as under the seats or in special compartments cut into the doors. Gun owners in Ohio require a concealed carry license to conceal a handgun.
When you want to transport a handgun in a car in Ohio, you must legally possess that item. You cannot transport handguns that are the property of other people. Ohio residents must have the right to own that weapon and cannot be a convicted felon. According to Chapter 2923.16(D1) of the Ohio Code, no person who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol should transport a loaded handgun in a vehicle. Handguns may not be discharged in an Ohio vehicle.