In Ohio, it was previously illegal to carry a concealed blade. The reason for this is because Ohio law specifically prohibited the concealed carry of any “deadly weapon other than a handgun.”
However, the Ohio General Assembly enacted changes to this law. As of April 12, 2021, the statute, ORC 2923.12, now specifies that a “deadly weapon” no longer includes any knife, razor, or cutting instrument if the instrument was not used as a weapon. The only exception to this law applies to ballistic knives, which are classified as a “dangerous ordinance.”
This recent change is good news for those who have to carry such things for work and/or self-protection. Those who carry knives without hurting others can no longer be convicted of carrying a concealed weapon.
Other Legal Changes Regarding Weapons
The Ohio legislature recently imposed other legal changes regarding weapons as well. Effective April 12, 2021, certain types of previously illegal weapons, including brass knuckles, cestuses, billy clubs, blackjacks, sandbags, switchblades, spring blades, and gravity knives can now be legally manufactured, sold, purchased, and possessed in the state of Ohio. However, they cannot be legally carried in a concealed manner.
This new law is welcomed by those who wish to own these atypical forms of protection.
If you have any questions about whether you can legally own or carry a certain type of weapon, contact Fogt Law Office to discuss your legal rights.