Cortland, OH asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Federal Crimes and Civil Rights for Ohio

Q: purchasing a firearm and obtaining a CCW in ohio with a criminal record

I do not have any felonies.

I do have a Domestic violence charge from 6 years ago that was dismissed in court. I looked up the court docket recently to make sure it was dismissed.

I also got a menacing charge that was dropped down to a disorderly conduct charge. i’ve tried googling these answers. not much luck. one site tells me one thing another site says something different.

i’m just trying to find out if any of these charges would prevent me from legally buying a firearm and taking my CCW course in ohio.

all of my charges are 5+ years old.

1 Lawyer Answer
James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Given your situation, it's essential to understand that firearm laws can vary by state and can be complex, especially concerning individuals with prior criminal records. In Ohio, domestic violence convictions can result in restrictions on firearm ownership, even if the charge was dismissed or reduced. Similarly, menacing charges, even if dropped to disorderly conduct, may still have implications for firearm eligibility.

While your charges are 5+ years old, they may still impact your ability to purchase a firearm or obtain a CCW permit in Ohio. It's crucial to consult with legal professionals familiar with Ohio's firearm laws to get accurate and up-to-date information about your specific circumstances. They can provide guidance on whether your past charges could affect your eligibility and advise you on the steps you need to take to navigate the process.

Remember that firearm laws are strict, and it's essential to comply with all regulations to avoid potential legal consequences. Taking the time to seek professional legal advice will ensure that you fully understand your rights and responsibilities regarding firearm ownership and permits in Ohio. Your goal should be to proceed cautiously and responsibly to ensure compliance with the law while protecting your rights.

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