The Maher Law Firm aggressively defends those charged with weapons offenses. Whether you have your concealed carry permit or not, you have the right to bare arms in certain places and situations. That right is strictly limited by the Ohio Revised Code which prohibits certain acts when a weapon is involved. The laws regulating firearms are extremely detailed and complicated. If you choose to own or possess a weapon, you need to know the law inside and out.
If you have questions regarding your ownership or possession of a weapon in Ohio, contact an experienced attorney to advise you. At the The Maher Law Firm, we will use all relevant defenses and exceptions to fight your charges.
Owning or possessing a weapon carries with it an immense amount of responsibility. Violations of weapons control laws have harsh and lasting penalties. The following is a brief description of some acts involving weapons that are generally prohibited under Ohio law. This is not an all inclusive list.
Carrying a deadly weapon, a handgun, or a dangerous ordnance on your person or concealed and ready at hand.
What is a deadly weapon? A deadly weapon is anything capable of inflicting death and designed, adapted, possessed, carried, or used as a weapon.
What is a handgun? A handgun is any firearm that has a short stock and is designed to be held and fired using one hand. It also includes any combination of parts that can be assembled into a handgun.
What is a firearm? A firearm is any deadly weapon capable of expelling or propelling one or more projectiles by the action of an explosive or combustible propellant even if it is unloaded or inoperable so long as it can be readily rendered operable.
Possession of a firearm in any room where a person is consuming beer or intoxicating liquor in a place where a liquor permit has been issued or in an open air arena where a liquor permit has been issued.
Conveying, attempting to convey, or possessing a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance in a school safety zone.
Conveying, attempting to convey, possessing, or having under your control a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance in a courthouse or other building where a courtroom is located.
Acquiring, having, carrying, or using any firearm or dangerous ordinance if you are a fugitive, you have been indicted for a felony offense of violence, you have been convicted of a felony offense of violence, you have been indicted for a felony offense involving drugs of abuse, you have been convicted of a felony offense involving drugs of abuse, you are drug dependent, you are a chronic alcoholic, you are mentally incompetent, mentally ill, or mentally defective.
Carrying or using a firearm or dangerous ordinance while under the influence of alcohol or a drug of abuse.
Discharging a firearm while in or on a motor vehicle. It also prohibits having a loaded firearm that is accessible to the driver or passenger without leaving the vehicle.
Discharging a firearm at or into an occupied structure, at, in, or into a school safety zone, or within one thousand feet of any school building or of the boundaries of any school premises.
Discharging a firearm within 100 yards of a cemetery, on a lawn, park, pleasure ground, orchard, schoolhouse, church, inhabited dwelling, property of another, charitable institution, and on or over a public road or highway.
Recklessly selling, lending, giving, or furnishing any firearm or dangerous ordnance to a prohibited person.
Changing, altering, removing, or obliterating any identifying mark on a firearm, or possessing a firearm that has had this done to it.
Selling a firearm to, furnishing a firearm to, or purchasing a firearm for any person under the age of 18.
Selling a handgun to any person under the age of 21.
Purchasing or attempting to purchase a firearm when you are under the age of 18, or purchasing or attempting to purchase a handgun when you are under the age of 21.
Possessing or having under your control any substance, device, instrument, or article, with purpose to use it criminally.
If you or a loved one have been charged with a weapons offense, it is important to promptly secure quality representation. Contact a weapons crime defense lawyer from The Maher Law Firm at 614-205-2208.