Charges for Illegal Possession of a Weapon
The Ohio State Constitution protects the right to bear arms, but there are caveats to that right. Here is what the Ohio State Constitution says on the matter of the right to bear arms:
The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.
With the exception of the military, licensed importers, manufacturers and dealers, as well as state officers and employees, possession of the following weapons is illegal according to Ohio Revised Code §§ 2923.11, 2923.17:
- Automatic firearms
- Ballistic knives (a knife with a detachable blade that is propelled by a spring-operated mechanism)
- Explosives, including plastic explosives
- Rocket launchers, mortars, grenades, mines, or other military weapons and ammunition
- Sawed-off firearms
- Semi-automatic firearms
- “Zip” guns
Possessing a prohibited weapon is a fifth degree felony, and punishable by a $2,500 fine and six to 12 months prison time.
Here are more facts you should know about weapons possession in Ohio. You may not carry a weapon in Ohio if you are:
- Not a resident of the U.S.
- Not a resident of Ohio (unless you are a permit holder from a state with reciprocity with Ohio)
- Charged with or convicted of a felony or specific misdemeanors
- Convicted for resisting arrest in the last 10 years
- Named in a protective order in any state
- Drug or alcohol addicted
- A fugitive from justice
- Younger than 21 years old
- Adjudicated as mentally incompetent or involuntarily committed to a mental institution
Under these circumstances or in these locations, carrying a gun is illegal (even with a conceal carry permit):
- In a school safety zone or child care center
- In a courthouse
- In a vehicle
- In an airport or aircraft
- In a place that serves liquor
- In a state mental health institution
- In a police station or sheriff’s office or other correctional institution
- In a place of worship
- In government buildings
Illegal weapons possession is a very serious charge, and one that should be taken seriously. Depending on the circumstances, you may be facing potentially devastating fines and serious prison time.
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