One suspect is reportedly dead and at least nine people are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries after a male attacker reportedly drove his car into a crowd of pedestrians and then stabbed them with a butcher knife on the Columbus campus of Ohio State University Monday morning. School officials initially reported the incident as a shooting but later stated that “injuries include stab wounds, injury by motor vehicle and other injuries that are being evaluated.”
Ohio is one of the most gun-friendly states in the country, with both concealed and open carry permitted under state law (PDF); however, restrictions apply to colleges and universities.
On campus grounds, concealed handguns are not permitted even with a license, unless the gun is locked inside a vehicle on campus. Open carry on school grounds is, therefore, also not permitted.
More on Ohio’s gun laws generally:
- According to the National Rifle Association, Ohio law does not require a permit or license in order to purchase or possess a rifle, handgun or shotgun.
- A license is required for Ohioans age 21 and over to carry a concealed handgun in public, but open carry is permitted under state law without a license or permit in most public places.
- Ohio law does, however, have restrictions on firearm possession in certain “no-carry” zones, including schools, though there are a few exceptions.
- The “knowing possession” of a firearm is prohibited in any school building, campus, bus or school activity in Ohio. However, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, “This prohibition does not apply to a concealed handgun license holder who possesses a handgun in a school safety zone if the person does not enter into a school building or onto school premises and is not at a school activity and is in compliance with federal law,” nor does it apply to a “ concealed handgun license holder who possesses a handgun in a school safety zone as the driver or passenger in a motor vehicle while immediately in the process of picking up or dropping off a child.”