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    Open Carry in Ohio, does it apply to a pedestrian or cyclist?

    Greetings,
    I am new and have some questions. I read Ohio has an "open carry" law. Does anyone know if this covers a pedestrian or someone using a bycicle? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    This would best be asked in the Ohio section. In general, however, unless the law specifically restricts the mode of transportation, it applies to any mode of transportation.

    For example, here in Colorado open carry isn't allowed on public transportation. So, guess which mode of transportation I don't use?
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    Welcome !

    Definitely check out your state laws. IMO, if your state allows OC, it's highly probably it will be restricted on public transportation; however, carrying on your bike seems logical...however, since when were bureaucrats logical ! Be sure to check to see if local municipalities can restrict carrying too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbaron007 View Post
    Welcome !

    Definitely check out your state laws. IMO, if your state allows OC, it's highly probably it will be restricted on public transportation; however, carrying on your bike seems logical...however, since when were bureaucrats logical ! Be sure to check to see if local municipalities can restrict carrying too.
    Since I've gotten back into cycling, I'm sorely tempted to strap on over my cycling gear. I'd prefer a mid-frame all-weather holster, but have yet to find one. What I've found is that most road cyclists are strongly opposed to self-defense. That might be because the throw themselves in front of much more massive vehicles on a regular basis. Many mountain biking cyclists, however, are more amenable to carry.
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    There is no "open carry law" in Ohio. That makes it lawful. That's backed up by legal precedent.

    Apart from areas which prohibit carry under state or federal law (there are NO local gun laws in Ohio), the only limitations on open carry apply to carry in vehicles. You cannot carry a loaded handgun in a vehicle without an Ohio CHL or recognized equivalent.

    On foot, you need no CHL (or equivalent) to open carry a loaded handgun. In fact, you don't even need any ID.
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    Quote Originally Posted by since9 View Post
    Since I've gotten back into cycling, I'm sorely tempted to strap on over my cycling gear. I'd prefer a mid-frame all-weather holster, but have yet to find one. What I've found is that most road cyclists are strongly opposed to self-defense. That might be because the throw themselves in front of much more massive vehicles on a regular basis. Many mountain biking cyclists, however, are more amenable to carry.
    I do agree with the statements in BOLD. I CCW a little P32 in a Fobus Paddle holster; my jersey is loose so it doesn't show unless the wind catches it just right. Some of my road buddies & our bike club were very critical of folks open carrying. My case was for self-defense; we do a lot of rural riding and unfriendly dogs can be a problem. Mace/Pepper spray isn't all that effective, then it gets all over the rider. We do travel through a city that is not OC friendly, so it's just easier to CCW on those routes.

    Now when I am riding the trails, I will open carry with no comments. I've shot a few dogs, my buddies where very happy I was carrying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deanimator View Post
    You cannot carry a loaded handgun in a vehicle without an Ohio CHL or recognized equivalent.

    On foot, you need no CHL (or equivalent) to open carry a loaded handgun. In fact, you don't even need any ID.
    Dean, how're the efforts to resolve this schizophrenic approach going? Any inroads with respect to getting it resolved?
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