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States of Emergency, quarantines, and disaster declarations can bring fear and panic for everyone, due to the uncertainty surrounding them. When state governments throughout the U.S. have varying policies regarding how your rights change, it can be confusing for anyone to fully understand their freedom during these times.

When it comes to your firearms, be assured that we will keep you up to date on any changes in the law that impact your rights. 

As for general Coronavirus updates and local and national conditions, the news on these restrictions is coming fast and furious across the nation. Please follow state, local, and national news, as this information can change by the day and hour.

The possibility of catastrophic fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and as we are now facing, pandemic outbreaks of disease is always looming over us, and if the last few weeks have taught us anything, it is the old adage that “before anything, preparation is the key to success.”


Regardless of how prepared we might be personally, the government itself sometimes steps in to manage the overall crisis. This usually comes in the form of a declaration of a “State of Emergency.” Taking such action is well within the bounds of the law and affords certain powers to the governor in times of extreme crisis or disaster, such as the one we face now. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Mike DeWine took this very step in issuing “Executive Order 2020-01D” on March 12, 2020. Per the governor’s official website, the order “allows state departments and agencies to better coordinate in their response.” The official document can be found here.


While these declarations can take many forms and are generally tailored to the needs to best serve the public depending on the nature of the crisis, there are no provisions in the document impeding Ohioans’ right to carry firearms. Regardless of the level of disaster, no provision in Ohio law exists that would ever support an order of surrender or confiscation, but one could imagine certain levels of restriction might face judicial scrutiny. Future circumstances could dictate a change in the law on a temporary basis. While this would be an extreme measure and one so far untested, citizens of Ohio do not face such directives regarding the current State of Emergency.

The governor has granted authority statewide to various agencies to take whatever precautions they feel are necessary to preserve the public health.  The news on these restrictions is coming fast and furious across the nation.  Please follow state, local and national news, as this information can change by the day and hour.


Remember, the actions of the governor’s office and various state agencies are duly authorized by law, and willful violations of temporary mandates during states of emergency could result in criminal prosecution. So, stay informed, stay safe, and take all available precautions over and above, regardless of government order.

For questions on what to do in the event of a State of Emergency, contact U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney.

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