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