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Carrying Concealed Weapons R.C. § 2923.12

Definition of carrying concealed weapons:

  • Knowingly,
  • Concealed on a person or ready at hand,
  • A gun, or other such deadly weapon, or dangerous ordinance,
  • Without a permit or license.


In the United States, every person has a Constitutional right to bear arms, but there are limits to that right. In Ohio to carry a gun concealed in public, on your person, or ready at hand, you must have a concealed carry permit. Of course, even a person with a concealed carry permit may be in violation of this law, if they get pulled over by a police officer and fail to tell the officer that they have a handgun in the car or if they touch or grab the handgun while the officer is approaching.


As a defense, a defendant may not be charged with a violation of carrying concealed weapons, if the person was carrying for defensive purposes or going to or from a lawful job or occupation or if the person had a reasonable cause to fear a criminal attack while engaged in a lawful activity.

Potential Penalties

Carrying concealed weapons is usually a misdemeanor, but can be up to a felony of the third degree, which can be punished by up to 60 months in prison and a fine of $10,000. For more information specific to your case if you have been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, call Funkhouser law.

At Funkhouser Law, from the moment a client walks through the door, we presume that they are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. As such, we work hard to accomplish the most favorable outcome for each of our clients. If you have been accused of carrying concealed weapons, please call Funkhouser Law for a free consultation with an experienced, peer-rated lawyer.

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