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Columbus Weapons Attorney

It is your Constitutional right to bear arms. It is a matter of such importance that the founding fathers ensured it was included in the document that built our nation. However, society recognizes that firearms can be extremely dangerous, which is why they are regulated. As an Ohio citizen, you must follow all federal and state laws in regard to purchasing, receiving, possessing, transporting, and using any type of firearm, ordnance, or another weapon. However, with all of the different laws and their many exceptions, it can be confusing to know what you can and cannot do with your guns. You may accidentally run afoul of the law and find yourself facing criminal charges.

If you have been charged with a firearm offense, contact a weapons attorney from Luftman, Heck & Associates. We are here to defend your right to own firearms. Call us at to schedule a time to discuss your case.

Regulating Firearms in Ohio

Under Ohio law, you do not need a permit to purchase rifles, shotguns, or handguns. As long as you go through proper channels to purchase a gun from a licensed dealer and you pass a background check, you may buy any of these weapons. You can also receive firearms as gifts from family members. You do not need a license to own firearms and you do not have to register any firearms you own.

In many situations, it is illegal to simply carry a gun with you. Rifles and shotguns must be properly transported for hunting and other sports. To carry handguns you should obtain a concealed carry permit. Ohio is a “shall issue” state. So long as you properly apply for a concealed carry license, and you are not prohibited from possessing a firearm or obtaining a license under a specific law, then you shall be issued a concealed carry permit. This allows you to bring your handgun with you in pubic, except for places that are prohibited by law or places that lawfully restrict firearms from their premises.

If you have been accused of violating any of Ohio’s firearm laws, do not hesitate to call our weapons attorneys today. We will thoroughly review your situation and advise you on your rights and options. It may be a misunderstanding that we can clear up with the authorities quickly. You could also face felony charges, which we will aggressively defend against.

Weapons Charges in Ohio

Firearms and other weapons are tightly regulated in Ohio and around the U.S. There are many laws that dictate how, when, and where you may possess guns. There are also laws that dictate which actions in relation to guns are appropriate or illegal. If you violate one or more of these laws, you can face criminal charges and the loss of your right to own firearms.

Some of the most common weapons charges brought in Ohio are:

  • Carrying Concealed Weapons §2923.12 – Ohio law states that no one can knowingly carry or have, concealed on their person or concealed ready at hand, any dead weapon, handgun, or dangerous ordnance. In order to have the right to carry a concealed handgun, you must obtain a license. If you are stopped by the police, you must promptly inform them of your concealed carry permit and any handgun on your person. Failing to do so is a crime. Carrying a concealed weapon in violation of Ohio law is typically a first-degree misdemeanor, however it can become a felony in various circumstances. If you have been charged will illegally possessing a concealed firearm, contact a weapons attorney right away.
  • Weapon Upon Disability §2923.13 – It is illegal to knowingly acquire, have, carry, or use a firearm or dangerous ordnance if you are a fugitive from justice, under indictment for or have been convicted of a violent felony, under indictment or have been convicted of a felony involving drugs, you suffer from drug or alcohol dependence, or you have been adjudicated mentally incompetent. Having a gun when under disability in Ohio is a third-degree felony. If have a felony conviction and have been caught with a gun on your person or in your home or vehicle, you need to speak with a weapons lawyer immediately. You face harsh consequences for this offense.
  • Improperly Handling Firearms in a Motor Vehicle §2923.16 – It is unlawful to knowingly discharge a firearm while in a motor vehicle. It is also illegal to knowingly transport a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle when the firearm is accessible to anyone in the vehicle. To properly transport a firearm by vehicle, it must be unloaded and packaged or put away where no one can access it. Depending on the nature of this offense, the charge may be anywhere from a fourth-degree misdemeanor to a fourth-degree felony. If you have been accused of this crime, call a lawyer today.
  • Possessing Criminal Tools §2923.24 – No one in Ohio is allowed to possess or have under their control any substance, device, instrument, or article, with the intent to use it criminally. Evidence of criminal intent includes, but is not limited to, possessing a dangerous ordnance or the materials to make one or possessing anything that has been designed or specifically adapted for criminal use. In most situations, possessing criminal tools is a first-degree misdemeanor. However, if the tools were intended to be used for the commission of a felony, then the offense is a fifth-degree felony. Whether or not an item is a criminal tool can be up for debate. Call one or our weapons attorneys at Luftman, Heck & Associates to discuss your situation.

Statutory Penalties and Collateral Consequences

The potential penalty you face for a weapons charges depends on whether you were charged with a misdemeanor or felony. For a misdemeanor, you are more likely to receive a brief period of incarceration or to avoid jail with probation. However, for a felony, you can expect a term of imprisonment and a number of other penalties and collateral consequences.

  • Fourth-degree misdemeanor: Up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $250
  • Third-degree misdemeanor: Up to 60 days in jail and a fine up to $500
  • Second-degree misdemeanor: Up to 90 days in jail and a fine up to $750
  • First-degree misdemeanor: Up to 180 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000
  • Fifth-degree felony: Up to 12 months in prison and a fine up to $2,500
  • Fourth-degree felony: Up to 18 months in prison and a fine up to $5,000
  • Third-degree felony: Up to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000

You can also experience a number of collateral consequences for a gun conviction, including:

  • Difficulty maintaining employment or finding a new job
  • Difficulty getting into school or obtaining student financial aid
  • Difficulty getting approved for rental housing
  • Difficulty obtaining loans
  • Ineligibility for or difficulty obtaining certain professional licenses
  • Immigration issues
  • Child custody and visitation issues
  • Loss of gun ownership rights, if convicted of a felony

To learn more about the possible penalties and secondary consequences of a weapons crime, call a weapons lawyer today. You deserve to know the worst and best case scenarios for your situation and how you can fight for your exoneration or the minimal consequences of a conviction.

Contact Us Today

If you are in trouble with the law in regard to a firearm, weapon, or ordinance, do not wait to call an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer from Luftman, Heck & Associates. We have years of experience representing clients against weapons charges. We will conduct an independent investigation into your situation and build you the strongest possible defense under the law. Through technical and substance offenses, we will pursue the best possible outcome in your case while also preparing to minimize any consequences of a conviction.

Call our Ohio weapons attorneys today at to schedule a consultation.

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Columbus, OH 43215-5335
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