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Nightmare in Ohio

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by fowl intent, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. fowl intent

    fowl intent

    Nov 27, 2006
    Southeastern NC
    So, I have a good friend who went to Ohio for a week of deer hunting. Being a good ole NC boy, he took his handgun along with him. Well, he got stopped for speeding, and I'm not sure how or why this came up, but he volunteered that he had a handgun in the car. Turns out that it is a felony to carry a loaded handgun in Ohio, or at least that is what his hunting buddy relayed to me. Unfortunately he will have to spend the weekend in jail because he has to appear before a judge to have a bond set. This guy is in his 50's and has never seen the inside of a jail before this incident.

    This started me thinking how careful you have to be when you travel from one state to another. Does anybody know if in fact it is a felony to carry a loaded handgun in Ohio? What if there was not a round in the chamber (of a semi-auto)? I assume that having a concealed carry permit from NC would not have changed the situation. It sure would be nice to have some sort of reciprocity between the states, so as not to have to deal with all of the quirky laws of different states.

    Anybody else with a horror story to tell?
  2. Jonesee


    Apr 16, 2009
    2 Points:

    I have hunted all my life and have never seen a reason to carry a handgun in the woods or back country. Sure sign of someone who is uncomfortable there or just trying to play make believe.

    And. When I carry in a car, the gun is unloaded and packed in a case.
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  3. RonS

    RonS Millennium Member

    May 27, 1999
    Oh, USA
    Darned shame about your friend, hope he gets off with something less than a felony due to past lack of record etc.

    Yeah, Ohio has shall issue CCH and no registration etc but carrying in your car is a big no no. Empty, unloaded and ammo apart IIRC unless you are a CCH holder. And then announce that you are at first contact, don't handle unless directed.
  4. 686Owner

    686Owner NRA Life Member

    Mar 10, 2007
  5. Know the carry and hunting laws in your own and any other state you may be carrying/hunting in. There are out-of-state CC permits (FL and UT among others) recognized in multi states, but car carry is even more highly restricted in some states. Laws for carrying when hunting will be covered in the hunting regs book you can get where they sell hunting licenses.

    Until the perfect world arrives, with the right comes the responsibilty, and in your friend's case it was his responsibilty and nobody elses. Sorry I can't work up much sympathy :dunno:
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  6. Reissman

    Reissman Millennium Member

    Aug 28, 1999
    Central, MI
    Previous post answers my question
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  7. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

    Sep 28, 2009
    Nonsense. Unless you beleive in fairy tales or that nothing ever happens in the woods and you don't have to worry about bears, or feral dogs, or stumbling over someones meth lab, then yeah, the woods are perfectly safe. :upeyes:

    Then you're not carrying, you're just transporting.

    And a carjacker's dream.:shocked:
  8. Hef

    Hef Stop Obammunism

    Sep 12, 2004
    Hilton Head, SC
    I have a SC CWP and I can legally carry in OH due to reciprocity. I may be mistaken but I thought NC had such an agreement as well. Does he have a NC permit?
  9. Upgrayedd


    Jul 5, 2006
    OH and NC have reciprocity. I know because I'm from OH and went on vacation in western NC last month. The laws are stupid but your buddy should have his permit if he's going to carry.

    I'm not sure you can call this a nightmare. Try to look at it from the officer's point of view. You have to be an idiot to try speeding in OH. Loaded handgun + no permit = felony around here.
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  10. ignantmike


    May 14, 2008
    i'm sure he has no ccw permit.....
  11. Niether here nor there, but in California where the gun laws are at their craziest IIRC...

    As far as travelling, they want unloaded handguns in a locked container within the trunk or other inaccessible location. Outside the vehicle open carry of an unloaded (empty chambers, no magazines) handgun is allowed, while a loaded handgun may be carried by a sportsman actively engaged in fishing or hunting, or while going to and/or coming back from fishing or hunting. :headscratch:
  12. tsmo1066

    tsmo1066 Happy Smiley

    Aug 31, 2004
    Houston, TX
    I'm not sure where you spend time in the wilderness, but in South Texas it's generally a stupid idea NOT to be carrying a hangun when in the hinterlands - not because of the wildlife, but because of the drug traffickers and "coyotes" that run illegals through many such remote tracts of land.

    Used to be that the illegals kept to themselves and were no problem, even when encountered. In the last two decades, however, gangs like MS13 have gotten deeply involved in the "coyote" racket of shepherding illegals and encounters with those guys can get dicey.

    That being said, always know the gun laws in the area where you will be carrying as well as the areas you will be driving through to get there.
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  13. raven11


    Jan 27, 2009
    Not really a horror story but when I went through pre-deployment training I felt the urge to own a M9 so I went down to the local gunshop and filled out all the paperwork, until he found out I was 19 so I couldn't own a pistol

    Man did I feel bad I thought I was going to get reported to the police for sure
  14. Jonesee


    Apr 16, 2009
    When you are hunting, you are already carrying a weapon.

    You go in before sunrise and unless you are an idiot you have been in and out of the area 30 times before scouting and setting up.

    Been hunting much?

    I've hunted all over the country thanks to moving all over. Every place I have ever hunted and the men and boys I have hunted with would be laughing behind your back if you packed a pistol to head into the woods. (i admit to not hunting Alaska yet) maybe that is just me and my almost 50 years hunting. But that is the way I see it.

    Carry a pistol while scouting before season in some parts of the country I can understand. Carrying a long gun pre-season may get you written up. But during season? Never.
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  15. ede

    ede Bama's Friend

    Jun 25, 2004
    From SE Ohio and I wouldn't go in the woods unarmed. Between dogs, dope growers, meth labs and the other normal stuff you might run into having a firearm or two is a good thing.
  16. boomhower


    Feb 14, 2010
    North Carolina
    I certainly feel for your buddy but he put himself in the spot he's in. He was carrying a concealed gun without a permit. That's in big no no in most states. He knew that was illegal, he took the chance and got busted. Now he probably didn't figure it was a felony, I sure wouldn't have but still not worth the risk. He should have gotten his permit as NC permits are honored in Ohio. He needs to get a good lawyer and hope one of two things. Either he gets a nice plea deal down to a misdemeanor or there was something wrong with the stop and/or search.

    I can certainly understand him wanting a handgun in the woods. The part I'm from is full of meth labs. He just needs to make sure he's doing it right.
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    LASTRESORT20 LongTerm-Guy

    Aug 10, 2010

    Amen brother!
  18. Reissman

    Reissman Millennium Member

    Aug 28, 1999
    Central, MI
    Bet those hunters that got killed in WI a couple years ago wish they had a handgun.
  19. bmoore


    Jan 15, 2006
    Under a regime.
    Complete hogwash, are you really serious? When I am hiked in 3 miles into mt lion country blowing a distress handcall for coyote I want my G20 10mm when Mr. Tom crawls up my back, not a bolt 22-250 with a 22" barrel to try to swing around.
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  20. bkkd


    Jun 23, 2005
    Kentucky just passed a law allowing you to carry a handgun when hunting or fishing, even when bowhunting you can carry a firearm......hmmmmm wonder why?