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Gun Ownership for Those With a Felony

September 29, 2016 | Written by Dan Margolis

The Ohio Revised Code sets specific rules about gun ownership for those who have been convicted of a felony crime. The specific language is found in Ohio Revised Code 2923.13 and is based upon the specific charges. Violating this law is a third degree felony in the state.

If a person has been convicted of a felony crime involving drugs, including selling or possessing, he or she will not likely be able to own a gun. In addition, if a person has been convicted of a violent crime, such as murder, he or she will not be allowed to have the right to own a firearm restored. It is important to note that in both cases, a conviction is not necessary. Just being under indictment for such crimes eliminates gun ownership rights.

Furthermore, the law states that if a person has been convicted or indicted for violent or drug-related felony crimes, he or she not only cannot own a firearm, but also cannot possess one. This would include carrying one even if it does not belong to them, and they have no intention of firing it.

Of course, as with any rule, there are exceptions. According to The New York Times, the state does allow people with a felony conviction to petition the court to have their gun rights reinstated. There are no solid rules judges must follow in reinstating rights either. They merely have to believe the person has become, and will continue to be law abiding after completing his or her felony sentence.

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