At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we’re familiar with Ohio’s concealed handgun licensing laws, and we have years of experience helping countless individuals who are facing handgun-related charges. If you’ve been charged with a weapons crime and are seeking representation, consider contacting one of our experienced Ohio weapons crimes attorneys today at (614) 500-3836.
Handgun purchases in Ohio are now easier due to a federal exemption regarding background checks requested by the state’s Attorney General, Mike DeWine. Those in favor of this change see it as an important step toward eliminating red tape for previously permitted individuals seeking to purchase a handgun.
No Additional Background Checks Needed
As a result of changes to Ohio law, individuals who have passed a background check for a concealed handgun license after March 23, 2015, will no longer have to undergo an additional background check each time they purchase a handgun. This will reduce the total number of background checks performed statewide, and it will more quickly allow a previously-permitted individual to purchase a handgun.
There are, however, a few exceptions in effect. First, if a permit granted after March 23, 2015 was revoked or expired, the permit holder will still need to complete an additional background check. Second, additional background checks are still required of people who purchased their concealed handgun license before March 23, 2015.
Pros and Cons of Handgun Purchase Change
Those in favor of Ohio’s recent change in law see it as a solution to a bureaucratic system that eliminates red tape and streamlines an unnecessarily complicated process. Proponents argue that obtaining a background check can be a time-intensive procedure subject to malfunctioning computer systems, database glitches, and human error. Eliminating second background checks for those who’ve already received a permit simplifies the process of acquiring a handgun and makes it easier for everyone.
Those against this change, however, see it as making for a less safe state and society. Opponents argue that by allowing everyday individuals to obtain a handgun less strenuously, the state is also allowing potentially dangerous individuals to obtain a handgun quicker and easier.
How the Experienced Ohio Weapons Crimes Attorneys at Luftman, Heck & Associates Can Help You
Being charged with a weapons crime can have a devastating consequence on a person’s life, including a potentially life-long criminal record. At Luftman, Heck & Associates, we have years of experience helping individuals face weapons-related charges. If you’ve been charged with a weapons crime in Ohio, contact one of the skilled Ohio weapons crimes attorneys at Luftman, Heck & Associates today. For a free initial consultation, call us at (614) 500-3836 today.