Ohio House Bill 12, enacted April 8, 2004, legalized the concealed carry of handguns by qualified and licensed persons in the state of Ohio, according to the Medina County Sheriff's Office. The bill included provisions requiring a background check for license applicants.
The most recent updates to concealed carry laws in Ohio came from House Bill 234, which was enacted by the legislature and became effective on March 23, 2015, notes the Office of the Ohio Attorney General. Among other provisions, the bill strengthens background check procedures for receiving a concealed carry license and establishes the validity of a concealed carry permit issued by another state for permit holders who are not Ohio residents and are only in Ohio temporarily. The bill also includes five additional reciprocity agreements with other states permitting concealed carry, bringing the total number of states with which Ohio has such an agreement to 28.