Ohio Expandable Baton Laws

NOTE: This information is not provided as legal advice. Always consult a lawyer and seek legal guidance.

Ohio Revised Code Title XXIX. Crimes Procedure § 2923.11
<This section effective 3-21-17.  See, also, section 2923.11 effective until 3-21-17.>
As used in sections 2923.11 to 2923.24 of the Revised Code :
(A) “Deadly weapon” means any instrument, device, or thing capable of inflicting death, and designed or specially adapted for use as a weapon, or possessed, carried, or used as a weapon.

Ohio Revised Code Title XXIX. Crimes Procedure § 2923.12

(A) No person shall knowingly carry or have, concealed on the person’s person or concealed ready at hand, any of the following:
(1) A deadly weapon other than a handgun;
(2) A handgun other than a dangerous ordnance;
(3) A dangerous ordnance.


Unlike other states, Ohio does not have specific laws pertaining to expandable batons, clubs, billies, bludgeons, blackjacks, nightsticks and any other related weapons.

If you would like to know if it is permissible to carry an expandable baton in Ohio – whether openly or in a concealed manner – it is best to consult your lawyer and/or local law enforcement regarding this matter.