Here in Ohio, it varies depending on where you live. I live out in the country and can go and buy shotguns, rifles, and handguns all in one day any day of the week with no permits or liscences. One time I went to a Columbus gun store becase the local dealer didnt have the model of Glock that I wanted, afer I finish up the paperwork the salesman started giving me directions to some government building down town and proceeds to tell me that I have to go there in person and apply for a permit to purchase a hangun within the city limits even though I didnt live there. and that I would have to wait a few weeks for the paperwork to process before I could pick up my firearm. needless to say I walked out.