Americans have a Constitutional right to bear arms. However, when convicted of certain criminal offenses, your 2nd Amendment rights can be taken away. The federal Gun Control Act and Ohio law both can take away your gun rights based on certain convictions. Thankfully, you can often legally restore your Ohio gun rights under Ohio law. This article is an overview to help you restore your Ohio gun rights.
Restore Your Ohio Gun Rights
Ohio law provides a legal process to restore your Ohio gun rights. In order to qualify, you must have completed your sentence and no longer be on probation, parole, or court supervision. You must have led a law abiding lifestyle since the conviction which led to having your gun rights being taken away. A subsequent conviction will not disqualify you from restoring your gun rights, but it will likely make getting your firearm rights more difficult to restore.
Factors the Court Will Consider to Restore Your Ohio Gun Rights
The court will look at a number of factors in making its decision to restore your firearm rights. These factors include:
- How long ago the conviction occurred.
- The seriousness of the conviction.
- Your complete criminal history.
- Whether you have lead a law abiding lifestyle.
- Whether restoring your firearm rights is in the public’s interest.
What About Your Federal Firearm Rights?
Prior passage of Ohio Senate Bill 247, there was a question as to whether restoring your Ohio gun rights would also restore your federal rights. After this law was passed, restoring your Ohio gun rights also restores your federal firearm rights. If you are able to successfully restore your Ohio firearm rights, the court will notify the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the FBI that your firearm rights have been restored, and you should be able to legally obtain and possess a firearm without issue.
Get the Help You Need
Restoring your Ohio gun rights can be difficult to navigate. If you make a mistake in restoring your gun rights, you will often need to wait 2 years to try again. Having an experienced attorney guide you through the Ohio process will improve your chances at success. The first step in restoring your right to own a gun is to see if you qualify. The easiest way to see if you qualify is to take our free, confidential Eligibility Test. You can also speak with our experienced legal staff by calling (844) 947-3732.
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