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Q: Can I carry a loaded firearm in my vehicle as a permit less carrier? Is Ohio code 2923.16 in regards to Senate Bill 215?

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A: Ohio Senate Bill 215, which went into effect on June 13, 2022, allows individuals 21 years and older to carry a concealed handgun without a permit in Ohio. This is often referred to as "constitutional carry" or "permit less carry."

However, it's important to note that Ohio Revised Code 2923.16, which governs improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, still applies. The key points of this law are:

1. A firearm must be unloaded and secured in a closed package, box, bag, or case; in a compartment that can be reached only by leaving the vehicle; or in plain sight with the action open or the weapon stripped.

2. If a person is stopped for a law enforcement purpose and is carrying a concealed handgun in the vehicle, they must promptly inform the law enforcement officer that they are carrying a concealed handgun.

3. The law does not authorize a person to knowingly transport or have a loaded handgun in a vehicle in such a manner that the firearm is accessible to the operator or any passenger without leaving the vehicle.

So, while Senate Bill 215 allows for permit less concealed carry, Ohio Code 2923.16 still prohibits carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle in a manner that makes it accessible to the driver or passengers without leaving the vehicle. It's crucial to follow all firearm safety and transport laws to avoid potential legal issues.

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