Ohioans with concealed carry permits will be able to use their permits in five additional states due to changes adopted in House Bill 234.
Ohio now has concealed carry permit reciprocity with Colorado, Georgia, New Hampshire, Texas and Wisconsin, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
House Bill 234 strengthened background check procedures by requiring sheriffs to contact the federal National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS) to verify that a concealed carry applicant is lawfully eligible to possess a firearm in the United States. The change allowed Attorney General DeWine to execute a concealed carry reciprocity agreement with Texas, which already had such standards.
Additionally, House Bill 234 provides that a concealed carry permit issued by another state is valid in Ohio so long as the permit holder is not an Ohio resident and is in the state temporarily. This change allowed Attorney General DeWine to confirm similar reciprocity privileges for Ohio citizens with Colorado, Georgia, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.
Ohio now has concealed carry reciprocity with 28 total states, including Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The changes go in effect starting March 23, 2015.