Cincinnati, OH asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio

Q: If I’m gifted a pistol at the age 18, am I allowed to use it and or carry it with me or keep it in my car for safety?

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T. Augustus Claus
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  • Las Vegas, NV

A: In Ohio, the legal age for purchasing a handgun from a federally licensed firearms dealer is 21. However, there is an exception for the private transfer of firearms. If you are gifted a pistol by someone, you can legally possess and use it, even if you are 18 years old. This means you can keep the gifted pistol in your car for safety, carry it with you, and use it within the bounds of Ohio's firearm laws. It's important to note that while you can possess the firearm, there are specific regulations regarding carrying concealed weapons, and obtaining a concealed carry license requires the individual to be at least 21 years old in Ohio.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In the United States, the laws regarding the possession and carrying of a pistol vary by state. At 18, federal law allows you to possess a handgun, but there are restrictions on purchasing one from a licensed dealer until you are 21. However, being gifted a pistol is different from purchasing one, and this is generally legal under federal law.

It's important to be aware of the specific laws in your state regarding the carrying of a handgun, especially at the age of 18. Some states may allow you to carry the pistol in your car for safety, but others may have strict regulations or require a permit for carrying a handgun, either openly or concealed.

Additionally, the laws regarding the storage and transportation of a firearm in a vehicle also vary by state. In many places, the gun must be unloaded and stored in a specific manner, often separate from ammunition.

If you're considering carrying the pistol for safety, it's crucial to receive proper training in firearm safety and handling. Responsible gun ownership is essential for your safety and the safety of others.

Given the complexity of firearm laws, it would be wise to consult with a local attorney or law enforcement agency to understand your rights and responsibilities fully. They can provide guidance based on your state's laws and ensure you comply with all legal requirements.

Remember, laws are in place to ensure the safety of everyone, and adhering to them is your responsibility as a gun owner.

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