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MI resident OC on Motorcycle in OH

DanM

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Hi! I am a Michigan resident, holder of a MI concealed pistols license, and regularly OC here in MI.

I've reviewed Ohio law and reciprocity agreement with MI, and find nothing to worry about with regard to OC'ing while traveling on my motorcycle in OH. I would just like to confirm I have it right, and haven't missed anything. Thanks!
 

samkent

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I was just asking questions about OC and motorcycles on another site.

Ohio is an OC state you should be able to walk around in Ohio while OCing even though you are not a citizen of Ohio.

When you get on your motorcycle you are then 'transporting' a fire arm. Therefore you need a permit.
Since OH recognizes MI permits you should be fine.

I too OC while on my motorcycle. So far just in OH.
 

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The above post reflects my understanding of OH law also. Watch out for those pesky school zones. Some will say that your MI license does not protect you from violating the federal GFSZ laws while your are in OH. I disagree, but don't want to be the test case.
 

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...Some will say that your MI license does not protect you from violating the federal GFSZ laws while your are in OH. I disagree, but don't want to be the test case.

Depends on whether a judge would agree that licensing is transitive in nature. You have a MI license, OH recognizes your license, so you are licensed by the state via the Attorney General's reciprocity agreement.

The actual federal law exempts you:
...if the individual possessing the firearm is
licensed to do so by the State in which the
school zone is located...

Does a recognized out-of-state license IN the State of Ohio mean that you are licensed BY the State of Ohio?

The law does NOT say the license has to be ISSUED by the state, or that one must possess a 'state' license, only that the "individual" is "licensed" by the state. I think a reciprocity agreement with another state, combined with the Full Faith and Credit clause of the U.S. Constitution, would satisfy the "licensed to do so" requirement of the law.

But I don't want to be a test case, either. Federal level stuff is expensive.

:rolleyes:
 

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To me, it would depend on how the courts understand the concept of "being licensed by the State where the school is located." If they think it means having the physical piece of paper called a "license" (or sometimes called a "permit") issued by the State where the school is located, then the MI permission slip is useless against GFSZ in OH. If, however, they apply a broader dictionary definition of "being licensed" as meaning "having permission," then one who has a MI permission slip has the permission of that State (OH) where the school is located and is, therefore, "licensed by the State (OH) where the school is located."
 

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IMO a person must be licensed by the state in which the school zone is located and have a background check conducted by that same state. Even if Ohio considers the Michigan resident to be "licensed" they still cannot knowingly be within 1,000 feet of a school or on school property.

ii) if the individual possessing the firearm is licensed to do so by the State in which the school zone is located or a political subdivision of the State, and the law of the State or political subdivision requires that, before an individual obtains such a license, the law enforcement authorities of the State or political subdivision verify that the individual is qualified under law to receive the license
 

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While both sides of this discussion make valid points, I assert the following. I highly doubt, but do not specifically deny the possibility, that LEO's are sitting at the 1000' mark watching for passing traffic just to specifically pull people over and arrest them for violation of the Federal GFSZ. If you're simply driving through, I very highly doubt you have much to worry about. Now, if you plan and being stationary for an extended period within said 1000', say where ever you're staying falls in that box, then I could see there being an issue worth worrying about. Just my $0.02, for whatever that is worth.
 

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While both sides of this discussion make valid points, I assert the following. I highly doubt, but do not specifically deny the possibility, that LEO's are sitting at the 1000' mark watching for passing traffic just to specifically pull people over and arrest them for violation of the Federal GFSZ. If you're simply driving through, I very highly doubt you have much to worry about. Now, if you plan and being stationary for an extended period within said 1000', say where ever you're staying falls in that box, then I could see there being an issue worth worrying about. Just my $0.02, for whatever that is worth.

I highly doubt you'll have issues mainly due to the fact Ohio police are not supposed to be enforcing federal law. However, if one was to be 100% legal, they'd need to be licensed by the state which the school zone is located and that licensee would need to have to go through a background check by law enforcement authorities of that state to obtain the license.
 

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IMO a person must be licensed by the state in which the school zone is located and have a background check conducted by that same state. Even if Ohio considers the Michigan resident to be "licensed" they still cannot knowingly be within 1,000 feet of a school or on school property.

OH only reciprocates with States that have similar requirements for investigation and training. So the "requirement" is met with a reciprocated license. You'd have a point if OH reciprocated with a State that did not require a BG check.
 

SteveInCO

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OH only reciprocates with States that have similar requirements for investigation and training. So the "requirement" is met with a reciprocated license. You'd have a point if OH reciprocated with a State that did not require a BG check.

Someday I should sit down and try to figure out what, specifically, prevents OH and CO reciprocity.
 

JustJack

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Someday I should sit down and try to figure out what, specifically, prevents OH and CO reciprocity.

Best guess, off the top of my head? Colorado requires your competency training to have been completed in the last 10 years, Ohio is 3 years. Also not sure how many hours CO classes have to be, ours is 12 as of right now.
 

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On my infrequent visits to Ohio on the motorcycle I also open carry, full time.

Haven't had any problems at all, even in Ashland last month where I sat at a light with a local LEO sitting in the car next to me.

When the light changed, we both went on our ways.

AD
 

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OH only reciprocates with States that have similar requirements for investigation and training. So the "requirement" is met with a reciprocated license. You'd have a point if OH reciprocated with a State that did not require a BG check.

OH does not conduct background checks and issue licenses to MI residents or residents of other states for that matter. The law specifically states "if the individual possessing the firearm is licensed to do so by the State in which the school zone is located or a political subdivision of the State" just because OH recognizes my permit does not mean they're the one who licenses me to carry there, Michigan does. I suppose you could try to say that because OH recognizes my permit they consider me to be licensed by them, but from what I can tell that's not how it works. Here is the part though that really keeps them from doing that if they did "and the law of the State or political subdivision requires that, before an individual obtains such a license, the law enforcement authorities of the State or political subdivision verify that the individual is qualified under law to receive the license." From the way I read it unless the person has an OH license and OH or a political subdivision requires a background check by the law enforcement then the person cannot knowingly carry within 1,000 feet of a school.
 

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If you read what I wrote earlier, there are two legitimate readings of "is licensed by."

I won't bother to restate the argument. If you didn't notice it the first time, it's still there and you can go back and read it. It is available for others to read also.

If you'd like to discuss my actual argument, let's. Otherwise, meh.
 
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