Substitute Senate Bill 17 ("S.B. 17"), effective September 30, 2011, amends Ohio’s "Concealed Carry Law.” Amongst other changes, the amendment allows Concealed Carry licensees to carry their firearm into a liquor permit premises.
The Division has received numerous calls from permit holders wanting to know if the Division will be providing new firearms warning signs. Permit holders need to be aware that the Division's requirement for providing warning signs regarding carrying firearms has not changed.
The Division is required to provide Firearms Warning Signs to holders of a Class D liquor permit as set forth in Ohio Revised Code Section 4301.637(B). S.B. 17 does not require the Division to provide new or additional signs, or provide the signs to anyone else. The Division will continue to provide the Firearms Warning Sign to new Class D permit holders.
The Concealed Carry law, as originally enacted and as amended by S.B. 17, appears to allow private employers, including liquor permit businesses, to post a sign at their place of employment stating that no person can carry a concealed weapon onto that employer's premises.
Permit holders need to understand their rights and responsibilities under this amendment to the law regarding the carrying of firearms. The Division suggests that permit holders who have questions or concerns about how S.B. 17 affects their businesses consult with private legal counsel.
FIREARM Warning! [PDF]
Establishments selling Beer, Wine and/or Intoxicting Liquor, have "Warning Signs" posted in their establishment notifying patrons of various laws they may be breaking if the patron is "Under the age of 18", and, "Under the age of 21". For the convenience of all permit holders, those signs are below.
UNDER AGE 18 Warning! [PDF]
UNDER AGE 21 Warning! [PDF]