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What's the worst that can happen?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Dynasty, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. Dynasty

    Dynasty Member

    Sep 20, 2007
    Say I get a handgun as a gift from my parents. I am 18 and in Ohio one must be 21 or older to purchase a handgun. Say I take this handgun to a friend's farm to shoot it. However, on the way I get pulled over for speeding and the officer asks if I have any weapons in the vehicle. I would have my shotgun and two other rifles along with ammo for those in the trunk (legally allowed to own them). Of course the handgun and ammo will be there as well. But, I do have written permission from my parents to use the handgun. Would there be a problem? What's the worst that can happen?

    I just used speeding as an example. Basically, I just want to know if I could get in serious trouble having a handgun in possession as an 18 yr old while on the way to the range?
  2. 22lr

    22lr Member

    Aug 3, 2008
    Im 20 and I live in Indiana. Basically if its locked, unloaded, and in a case your good to go, in Indiana. On getting into trouble for possession, I'm not 100% but in Indiana, only if you were a minor would you get in trouble.
  3. JDoe

    JDoe Member

    Jul 12, 2008
    What does your local PD say?

    Better find out from someone that knows the law for sure because having an arrest on your adult record might screw up future prospects for employment or travel.

    Ohio law says that you can't buy a handgun if you are under 21 however it is legal to be furnished a handgun if you are between 18 and 21 years old for certain specific purposes only. I have no idea what "furnished" legally means or if you are required to have someone that is over 21 with you at all times that the gun is in your possession.


  4. 30mag

    30mag Member

    Aug 13, 2008
    Where West meets South, Texas
    If you're over 18, you can legally own a handgun, you just can't purchase one.

    If you were a minor, you could get in trouble, but I'm fairly certain you shouldn't have any problems.
  5. larry_minn

    larry_minn Senior Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    this is just me. I would ask around and find OPINION. (just a hint, talk to 4 Officers from the same dept and ask them the same question and you will get at least 2 "statements of fact" (heck its almost as sure as asking on internet) :)

    Once I had opinion. I would put the pistol (unloaded/cased) into my winter survival bag with ammo. Then put rifle/shotgun on top. If asked about weapons. "I have my .22,shotgun,ammo,stuff in trunk Its all unloaded"
  6. NavyLCDR

    NavyLCDR member

    Dec 14, 2005
    Stanwood, WA
    I would think you would be OK. As long as the written permission from your parents stated that the handgun was furnished to you TEMPORARILY for sporting purposes, specifically target shooting. They cannot, legally, give you a gift of handgun for permanent ownership until you are 21, by Ohio law. Federal law, for what it's worth, is 18 years old for gifting a handgun. Transporting the handgun, enclosed in a case, unloaded, in the trunk of a vehicle, should be just fine.

    Here's the applicable Ohio code:

    Specifically, section 2923.16 - transportation and 2923.21 - furnishing firearms to minors.

    IANAL - nor do I pretend to be one on TV or the internet!
  7. entropic86

    entropic86 New Member

    Oct 30, 2008
    Central Illinois
    It may not be pertinent information...but I bought a glock legally from the police chief of my college town at the age of 18. You just cannot buy from a dealer until you are 21...I believe this is federal law.
  8. JImbothefiveth

    JImbothefiveth Senior Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    But I think he is talking about Ohio law, which I believe prohibits those under 21 from owning a handgun.

    If that's the case, the Ohio state law would say what the worst that could happen was. It might be a felony, which means at least a year in prison, and no more guns for the rest of your life. Stay within the law.

    BTW, you might just want to go shooting in Indiana or Michigan, you might be able to have a hangdun there.
  9. armoredman

    armoredman Senior Member

    Nov 19, 2003
    proud to be in AZ
    Obey traffic laws, no worries.
  10. Grassman

    Grassman Senior Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    With our Government these days, you don't want to know the worse thing that can happen.......
  11. Rxxdoc

    Rxxdoc New Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    The way I understand it is you will be OK if it is locked and unloaded. You can own it, you just can't buy one.

    It should go without saying, but since I am a parent, you get the lecture.

    No drinking or alcohol in the car. No drugs in you or in the car. Being polite and respectful to the officer, and answer all questions truthfully. Don't drive reckless.

    Most policemen and policewomen are really nice people if you are nice and respectful to them.

    I would also suggest staying out of the big cities as they are more anti-gun then the country.

    I found this at http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/Ohio-Gun-Laws

    (3) Furnish any firearm to a person who is under eighteen years of age or, subject to division (B) of this section, furnish any handgun to a person who is under twenty-one years of age, except for lawful hunting, sporting, or educational purposes, including, but not limited to, instruction in firearms or handgun safety, care, handling, or marksmanship under the supervision or control of a responsible adult;

    If stopped, you are going hunting, going target practice or going home from target practice.

    Get an Ohio hunting license to carry with you, also get a gun range permit.

    I hope this helps.

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