On April 8, 2004, Ohio’s concealed carry statute (HB 12) takes effect. Under the new law, ORC 2923.126 prohibits a license holder
from carrying a concealed handgun into (among other places) a county jail, detention facility, courthouse, any structure in which a courtroom is located, any building owned by a county, or any portion of a privately owned building which is leased by a county. ORC 2923.1212 requires that counties post signs in all county owned and leased buildings, informing the public that concealed handguns are prohibited. The Sheriff is responsible for posting in the Sheriff’s Office, County Jail and Corrections Facilities. The Commissioners are responsible for posting in all other County buildings. The sign should be posted at each building entrance. ORC 2923.1212(A) requires the signs contain 'substantially' the following statement: "Unless otherwise authorized by law, pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, no person shall knowingly posses, have under the person’s control, convey or attempt to convey a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance onto these premises." Other than that, the statute does not require that the sign contain specific text or graphics. The Commissioners and the Sheriff have the discretion and the responsibility to select an appropriate sign format and post county buildings.