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What are Ohio’s gun control laws?

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2019 | Felonies

If you are a felon, then there are some special laws that may apply to you. Of them is one important law regarding your right to obtain and use a gun.

Ohio’s laws dictate several situations in which people may not possess or own a gun. To avoid getting into trouble with the law in the future, it’s a good idea to know these rules and to stay updated on changes that take place regarding these laws.

Who cannot own a gun in Ohio?

There are six conditions under which people may not own guns in Ohio. These include when:

  1. A person is a fugitive
  2. A person is mentally incompetent
  3. A person is under 18 and does not have adult supervision while hunting or practicing marksmanship
  4. A person is under indictment or has been convicted of possessing, selling or using illegal drugs
  5. A person is convicted or under indictment for a felony involving violence or as an adjudged juvenile delinquent for a violent felony
  6. A person is a chronic alcoholic or is drug dependent

Are there illegal firearms in Ohio?

Yes, there are firearms that you may not possess in Ohio as well. These include:

  • Zip guns
  • Sawed-off automatic firearms
  • Ammunition for or firearms made for military purposes
  • Mufflers or silencers (without a license)

If you are caught with an illegal weapon or are accused of possessing a weapon when you fall into one of the six categories of people who may not own guns, then you will want to learn about your legal options as soon as possible to protect your rights.


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