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Ohio Gun Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

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Ohio gun laws share similarities with those of nearly half of the states across America — a fact represented by the 23 reciprocity agreements that are in place. But the Buckeye State does have a few notable differences as well.

Of the 23 states sharing reciprocity agreements with Ohio, four of them are neighboring states: Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, and Michigan. But the other bordering state, Pennsylvania, has no such reciprocity agreement in place.

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A 2013 joint report by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence examined how each of the 50 states had similarities and differences concerning gun laws. In an overall scorecard that took a number of pieces of criteria into account, the nonprofits gave sweepingly different scores to each of the states near Ohio. The criteria reviewed included background checks, mental health reporting, dealer regulations, and waiting periods.

The Brady Campaign, which has advocated for stiffer gun laws, ranked Pennsylvania No. 11 out of the 50 states, followed by Michigan (14), Ohio (19), Indiana (23), West Virginia (25), and Kentucky (43).

Kentucky, known for its leniency in gun laws, allows people to register electronically to obtain a concealed carry permit.

While organizations such as the Law Center and the Brady Campaign gave low marks to Kentucky because of gun restrictions perceived to be too loose, another organization, the Buckeye Firearms Association, has aspired to have Ohio mirror the legislation of one of its southerly neighbors.

“Kentucky is very gun-friendly, and they believe that our Second Amendment rights are not based upon state lines. This is why they honor every other state’s concealed handgun license,” Chris Chumita and Jim Irvine of the Buckeye Firearms Association wrote in a 2007 post titled, “If Ohio Was Like Kentucky.”

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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