3. LAW DEPARTMENT MEMO ON OPEN CARRY OF A FIREARM IN OHIO
Ohio law permits the open carry of a firearm with few exceptions. Citizens may
openly carry firearms in public places unless there is a specific prohibition against
carrying a firearm in that place (police station, school safety zone, courthouse, etc.).
Since Cleveland v. State of Ohio, 2010-Ohio-6318, regulation of the “ownership,
possession, purchase, other acquisition, transport, storage, carrying, sale, or other
transfer of firearms, their components, and their ammunition” is only done by state
and federal law. Local municipal laws may only regulate the discharge of firearms.
Therefore, officers should not charge individuals with violations of the Cincinnati
Municipal Code unless the ordinance deals with the discharge of a firearm