Five Reasons You Might Be Disqualified from Owning a Gun in Ohio

In Ohio, gun ownership is a right that is protected by the state constitution. However, that right is not absolute. There are certain circumstances that can disqualify you from owning a gun in the state of Ohio. Here are five of the most common reasons why someone might be disqualified from owning a gun in Ohio.

1.You Have Been Convicted of a Violent Crime

If you have been convicted of a violent crime, you will be disqualified from owning a gun in Ohio. This includes crimes such as murder, rape, kidnapping, and aggravated assault. If you have been convicted of a crime that is resolved through a plea bargain, you may still be disqualified from owning a gun depending on the specific details of your case.

2.You Are a Fugitive from Justice

If you are currently a fugitive from justice, you will be disqualified from owning a gun in Ohio. This means that if there is an active warrant out for your arrest, you will not be able to purchase or possess a firearm in the state of Ohio. 

3.You Are Addicted to Drugs

If you are addicted to drugs, you will be disqualified from owning a gun in Ohio. This includes illegal drugs as well as prescription drugs that have not been prescribed to you by a doctor. If you are found to be in possession of a gun while under the influence of drugs, you may face additional charges. 

4.You Have Been Involuntarily Committed to a Mental Institution 

If you have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution, you will be disqualified from owning a gun in Ohio. In order to have this restriction lifted, you must petition the court and provide evidence that your mental health has improved to the point where you can safely possess a firearm. 

5.You Are Under 18 Years Old 

In Ohio, you must be at least 18 years old to purchase or possess a firearm. If you are under 18 years old and found in possession of a firearm, you may be charged with delinquency. 

 

These are just five of the most common reasons why someone might be disqualified from owning a gun in Ohio. If any of these apply to you, it is important to seek legal assistance before attempting to purchase or possess a firearm in the state of Ohio.

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