Attorney General Cautions Concealed Handgun Licensees About Purchasing "CCW Badges"

    The Attorney General has become aware of vendors selling concealed carry badges to holders of concealed handgun licenses. These badges are similar in shape and design to those used by Ohio law enforcement, and may appear to officers to be official identification. Please be aware that a badge is not required for carrying a concealed handgun and cannot be used as a substitute for the concealed handgun license issued by an Ohio sheriff. Displaying a badge may give the false, and illegal, impression that the holder is a law enforcement officer, and possibly leading to criminal prosecution for impersonating an officer. The badge may also attract attention from criminals who believe the holder is an officer.

    The Attorney General advises citizens not to purchase these badges. For further information on this issue, consult an attorney.


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Posted October 29, 2004