Concealed Carry

The information on the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office website is for informational purposed only and does not contain all information pertaining to Ohio’s Concealed Carry Law.

For questions concerning concealed carry information not addressed on this site, please contact Sgt Kevin Stoney at 740-439-4455 or email him at 3019@guernseysheriff.com

Reciprocity States: The following link to the Ohio Attorney General’s web site lists all states currently holding a Concealed Carry Reciprocity Agreement with Ohio:

Ohio Concealed Carry Reciprocity Agreements

NOTE: Persons considering carrying concealed handguns in these states should contact that specific state for additional information on their laws pertaining to the transportation and carrying of concealed handguns.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications are accepted at the Dispatch Service Window of the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office, located at 601 Southgate Parkway, on the following days and times (we do not take appointments):

Monday: 5:00 A.M. to 7:00 A.M. & 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Tuesday: 5:00 A.M. to 7:00 A.M. & 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Wednesday: 
9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Thursday: 
5:00 A.M. to 7:00 A.M. & 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Friday: 
9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

Applications and CCW booklets may be picked up at the Dispatch Service Window Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm or they may be obtained through the Ohio Attorney General’s website,www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

NOTE: ALLOW 45 DAYS FOR PROCESSING OF ALL APPLICATIONS

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Sheriff determines to deny application because not satisfied criteria (2023.125)(D)(1) the Sheriff must:

1. Specify reason for denial
2. Written notice to applicant

May appeal the Sheriff’s denial decision to Guernsey County Common Pleas Court pursuant to ORC 119.12

If denied due to result of criminal background check and applicant believes denial based on incorrect information reported by source, applicant may challenge results from source as follows:

1. If from BCI records the applicant must use their existing challenge policy
2. If from Sheriff’s Office records applicant must present certified copies of source of information, i.e. court record, Prosecutor’s Office records, if the case was dropped, found not guilty, etc.

If denied, may reapply in one year, if not permanently disqualified by conviction.

NOTE: Expunged/Sealed Records may NO LONGER be used to deny an applicant.

Applicant will be disqualified if any of the following applies:

1. If applicant has been CHARGED or under UNDER INDICTMENT for:

A. Any felony
B. Any drug offense (except minor misdemeanor offenses)
C. Misdemeanor offense of violence
D. Negligent assault
E. Falsification to obtain cc license
F. Possess a revoked or suspended cc license
G. Domestic Violence

2. If applicant has been CONVICTED or has been adjudicated a delinquent child under the following offenses:

A. Any felony
B. Drug offense (except minor misdemeanor offenses)
C. Assault on peace officer
D. Domestic Violence

3. If applicant has been CONVICTED or has been adjudicated a delinquent child under the following offense within 3 years:

A. Misdemeanor offense of violence (except resisting arrest, assault on peaceofficer, domestic violence)
B. Falsification to obtain CCW license
C. Possessa revoked or suspended CCW license

4. If applicant has been convicted or has been adjudicated a delinquent child under the following offenses within 5 years:

A. 2 or more assaults
B. 2 or more negligent assaults

5. If applicant has been CONVICTED or has been adjudicated a delinquent child under the following offense within 10 years :

A. Resisting arrest

6. If applicant is or has been:

A. Committed to any mental institution
B. Adjudicated as mentally incompetent
C. Been found by a court to be a mentally ill person, subject to  hospitalization by court order
D. Involuntary patient other than for purposes of observation

7. Is CURRENTLY SUBJECT to a Civil Protection Order, or a Temporary Protection Order in this or any other state.

8. Is CURRENTLY SUBJECT to a suspension of a CCW license

9. Was DISCHARGED from the Armed Forces under DISHONORABLE conditions.

** NOTE: Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 2923.125(D)(4)…
Sealed records, also known as Expunged records are NO LONGER able to be examined and used for the purposes of the background investigation for concealed carry license applicants.

Effective October 17, 2009
** see payment method below**

This is the fee schedule for a standard concealed carry license.

For an applicant who has resided in Ohio for five(5) years or more: $67.00 **

For an applicant who has resided in Ohio for less than five(5) years: $67.00 + $24.00 (FBI) fingerprint charge Total $91.00 **

A renewal of the standard license: $50.00 **

A renewal of license living in Ohio less than five (5) years: $74.00

A replacement license: $10.00 **

The fee for a temporary emergency concealed carry license with applicant living in Ohio more than five (5) years: $37.00 **

Temporary Emergency concealed carry license with applicant living in Ohio less than five (5) years: $61.00

** ONLY CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK OR MONEY ORDERS FOR THE EXACT AMOUNT WILL BE ACCEPTED.

NO PERSONAL CHECKS or CREDIT CARDS

The concealed carry licensee is prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon in any of the following places:

1. Police station
2. Sheriff’s Office
3. State Highway Patrol Post
4. Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation
5. State Correctional Facility
6. Jail
7. Workhouse
8. Detention Facility
9. Airport passenger terminal
10. Mental Health Facility
11. Mental Retardation and developmental disabilities facility
12. School Safety Zone (2923.122)

A.School Building
B.School Premises
C.School Activity
D.School Bus B3

(School Safety Zone language changed. Can now carry in a School Safety Zone if only dropping off or picking up someone, either the driver or a passenger has a valid license, and no attempt is made to enter the building or an activity.)

13. Courthouse or structure where court is located (2923.123)
14. Any room/open air arena where D liquor permit issued (2923.121)(liquor consumed on premises)

(For clarification purposes this EXCLUDES a hotel room if you are the occupant. LANGUAGE CHANGED: You may carry if you are the principal holder of the D permit, you have a valid CCW license and you are not consuming or under the influence. You also may carry into a retail store with a D6 (sample tasting) or D8 (Sunday sales 1:00 p.m. to midnight) permit if you are not consuming or under the influence, unless the retail store is posted as NO CCW Permitted.)

15. Any owned/leased premise of a private or public College (exception – licensee must keep firearm locked in their motor vehicle)
16. Any church, synagogue, place of worship (exception – unless with prior approval from person authorized to give approval)
17. Any day care center with children present (exception – licensee’s own children in licensee’s own home, when no other children are present)
18. Any aircraft, foreign, interstate, intrastate transportation of mail
19. Any building or part owned or leased by State or political subdivision

(Revised to state that you CAN carry in a shelter, rest area, parking facility or lot owned by the government or a political subdivision as long as shelter, rest area, parking facility or lot is NOT being used as a courthouse.)

20. Any place prohibited by Federal Law.
21. Any premises, property or motor vehicle of a private employer, where rules/policies have been established and signs posted.

(It is no longer a “criminal offense” for a CCW licensee to carry into a posted private parking lot, however CAN BE sued civilly.)

RENEWAL PROCESS

  • Read the latest book printed by the Ohio Attorney General
  • Complete a new application
  • Present current CCW license (or expired CCW license)
  • Valid State issued identification
  • Submit to WebCheck fingerprints
  • Non-refundable fee (Cash, cashier’s check or money order)
    $50.00 Ohio resident 5 yrs or more
    $74.00 Ohio resident less than 5 yrs

No photograph is required.
There is a 30 day grace period after expiration during which you may continue to carry.

Sheriff shall revoke license:

1. Failed to meet or fraudulently obtain to meet criteria in 2923.125(D)
2. Convicted or pled guilty to disqualifying Offense
3. Subject to Civil Protection Order or Temporary Protection Order
4. Knowingly carries handgun into prohibited place
5. Adjudicated mentally incompetent

Notify licensee by letter sent certified mail the reason for revocation
Licensee may come to the Sheriff’s office to contest within 14 days of notice mailing.

If upheld Sheriff shall revoke and licensee must surrender immediately.

Public

Pursuant to ORC 2923.1212 signs shall be posted in conspicuous places, prohibiting persons from carrying a firearm into prohibited places.

Private

Pursuant to ORC 2923.126(C)(1) private employers may post signs prohibiting carrying a firearm into their business, except that:

In order for a law enforcement officer to enforce an employer’s rule, policy, practice, a sign must be posted in a conspicuous place.

Below is a sample of the sign which may be posted warning persons NOT to enter the premises where the sign appears while carrying a firearm. THIS sign cannot be used by schools or at courthouses. THIS sign must be posted in a conspicuous place per ORC 2923.126(C)(1).

License shall be suspended for:

1. Arrest or charge for disqualifying offense 2923.125(D)(1)(d)
2. Violation of 2923.15, using weapon while intoxicated
3. Subject to Temporary Protection Order or Civil Protection Order

Suspension to begin on date licensee arrested or Temporary Protection Order or Civil Protection Order issued.

Suspension ends if charges dismissed, or Temporary Protection Order or Civil Protection Order canceled.

Licensee shall be notified by letter sent certified mail.

Licensee must surrender license to Sheriff within 10 days of notice.

License will be returns when suspension ends.

(May NO LONGER suspend a license for failing to announce or failing to keep hands in plain view.)

Applicant Must:

    • Be at least 21 years of age
    • Legally live in the United States
    • Apply in county in which they reside or if an out-of-state resident temporarily residing in the county of application
    • Submit to WebCheck fingerprints and pass the background check
    • Complete Temporary Emergency Application (this is the sworn affidavit referred to in 2923.1213(b)(1)(b) and it must be notarized.)
    • Provide 2×2 color passport style photo taken within past 30 days
    • Pay non-refundable fee of $37.00 if Ohio resident 5 yrs. of more $61.00 if Ohio resident less than 5 yrs. (cash, cashier’s check or money order)
    • Present “Evidence of Imminent Danger” by providing one of following:
      • Written documentation prepared by law enforcement, prosecutor or court, government entity or public official (eg. Reports, TPO, CPO)
      • Statement sworn by the applicant stating the reasonable cause the applicant has to fear criminal attack upon the applicant or a member of the applicant’s family (provided by applicant under threat of perjury)

NOTE: Temporary Emergency License is valid for 90 days from date of issue and may not be renewed. A Temporary Emergency License can only be issued one time within a 4 year period.

Although the law states that the Sheriff shall “immediately” issue a temporary concealed license, the law also states that the applicant must pass the background check, including the WebCheck fingerprints. This does not mean the license will be issued the same day it is applied for, however the Sheriff shall “immediately” begin the background check process, and “immediately” upon receipt of the results of the records check the Sheriff shall review the information and determine whether the criteria is met. If the criteria is met the applicant will be contacted to process the license. If the criteria is not met the Sheriff shall specify the grounds for the denial in a written notice to the applicant.

Previous Out-of-State Licensees

With the new CCW law effective March 23, 2015, we will now accept out-of-state licensees who have moved to Ohio from states with whom we have reciprocity as a NEW applicant using the following procedure:

  • Their out-of-state license will be accepted as prior proof of competency certification
  • $91.00 fee for BCI/FBI WebChecks
  • Completed Application
  • Read Attorney General CCW booklet
  • 2×2 color passport style photo taken within 30 days of application

In order for an Ohio resident to obtain a concealed carry license they must meet the following requirements, in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 2923.125(A):

1. at least 21 years of age
2. New applicants must have received a Certificate of Competency as specified in ORC Section 2923.125(B)(3)(a), (b),(c),(e), or (f), within 3 years prior to the date of application, covering the training requirements as specified in ORC Section 2923.125(G)(1) and (G)(2).

-OR-

Documentation that proves the applicant:

A. Is an active or reserve member of the US military
B. Retired law enforcement officer
C. Has been honorably discharged from US military or retired from a law enforcement agency
D. And through the participation in above employment the applicant acquired experience in handling handguns and that experience is equivalent to Training Requirements of 2923.125(B)(3) (a), (b), or (c).

3. Applicant is not disqualified pursuant to criminal background check or mental incompetency check, as specified in ORC 2923.125(D)(1)(d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), or (j), or retired as a result of a mental disability.
4. Must have a 2′ X 2′ color Passport style photo taken within 30 days of the application.
5. Attest that applicant has read pamphlet provided by the Attorney General’s Office as specified, and also attest the handgun shall be carried for a lawful purpose.
6. Non-refundable fee

Must produce an original or photocopy of a certificate of completion of a firearms training program, dated within 3 years prior to application, signed by the instructor, certifies that the training complies with the requirements set forth in division 2925.125(G), and the course was open to members of the general public and utilized qualified instructors who were certified by a national gun advocacy organization, the executive director of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission or a government official or entity of another state.

PRIOR EQUIVALENT TRAINING

Military / Active

Documentation evidencing both of the following:

  • The the applicant is an active or reseve memeber of the armed forces of the United States (i.e. current Military ID)AND
  • That the participation in the military service the applicant acquired experience with handling handguns or other firearms, and the experience so aquired was equivalent to training that the applicant could have acquired in a concealed carry course (i.e. firearms qualifications or letter from commanding officer)

 

Military / Retired

Documentation evidencing both of the following:

  • That the applicant is retired from, or was honoably discharged from, military service of the United States, within ten (10) years immediately preceding the application (i.e. DD214)AND
  • That through participation in the military service, the application acquired experience with handling handguns or other firearms, and the experience so acquired was equivalent to training that the applicant could have acquired in a concealed carry course. (i.e. firearms quailifications or letter from commanding officer.)

 

Law Enforcement / Active

Documentation evidencing both of the following:

  • That the applicant has successfully completed the Ohio Peace Officer Training Program OR peace officer training program of another state (i.e. Training certificate or appointment as a law enforcement officer)AND
  • A document that evidences that applicant is an active member of a law enforcement agency

 

Law Enforcement / Retired

Documentation evidencing both of the following:

  • That the applicant is a retired Trooper of the State Highway Patrol, a retired peace officer or retired Federal law enforcement officer who retired in Good Standing. (i.e. retired ID or letter on letterhead from the Chief/Sheriff/Commander of the department from which retired)AND
  • A document that evidences that the applicant has succesfully completed the Ohio Peace Officer Training program OR peace officer training program of another state. (i.e. Training certificate or appointment as a law enforcement officer)