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    do the same laws apply to a bicycle as they would if i was riding in a car and OC and do not have CC?

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    You can legally open carry in the same manner on a bicycle as if you were on foot. A bicycle is NOT a motor vehicle.

    Please look around the Ohio section of this board, plus the Ohio Attorney General's website, for more info.

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    Word of warning, I have been told by police that when you operate a bicycle on a sidewalk you are a pedestrian but when you operate it on the road you are considered a vehicle. Not sure how this relates to CHL law.

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    theqbn wrote:
    Word of warning, I have been told by police that when you operate a bicycle on a sidewalk you are a pedestrian but when you operate it on the road you are considered a vehicle. Not sure how this relates to CHL law.
    Even though bicycles have to obey traffic laws when on the road, they are still not considered "motor vehicles". Hence, gun laws specific to motor vehicles do not apply.

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    theqbn wrote:
    Word of warning, I have been told by police that when you operate a bicycle on a sidewalk you are a pedestrian but when you operate it on the road you are considered a vehicle. Not sure how this relates to CHL law.
    It is always a vehicle, but it is not a motor vehicle. Therefore gun laws for motor vehicles do not apply. In the Ohio Attorney Generals booklet on concealed carry, they go so far as to specify that "Motorcycles fall under the definition of motor vehicles. Thus, the same requirements apply to licensees who carry a handgun while on a motorcycle." Don't make it something that it isn't.

    (A) “Vehicles” means everything on wheels or runners, including motorized bicycles, but does not mean electric personal assistive mobility devices, vehicles that are operated exclusively on rails or tracks or from overhead electric trolley wires, and vehicles that belong to any police department, municipal fire department, or volunteer fire department, or that are used by such a department in the discharge of its functions.

    (B) “Motor vehicle” means any vehicle, including mobile homes and recreational vehicles, that is propelled or drawn by power other than muscular power or power collected from overhead electric trolley wires. “Motor vehicle” does not include utility vehicles as defined in division (VV) of this section, motorized bicycles, road rollers, traction engines, power shovels, power cranes, and other equipment used in construction work and not designed for or employed in general highway transportation, well-drilling machinery, ditch-digging machinery, farm machinery, and trailers that are designed and used exclusively to transport a boat between a place of storage and a marina, or in and around a marina, when drawn or towed on a public road or highway for a distance of no more than ten miles and at a speed of twenty-five miles per hour or less.

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    So what you are saying is that one could buy a tractor, and ride it around town and open carry a loaded handgun without a CHL.

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