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Ohio Pistol Possession

Discussion in 'Legal' started by alxshml, Feb 19, 2011.

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  1. alxshml

    alxshml Member

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    At 19 in Ohio, what are the laws regarding handguns. I realize I can't CCW or buy from a FFL, those are a given.

    Can I take my dad's gun or a gun gifted to me to the range to shoot by myself?
    Or would someone 21+ have to be present?

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  2. NavyLCDR

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    http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2923.21

    2923.21 Improperly furnishing firearms to minor.

    (A) No person shall do any of the following:

    (1) Sell any firearm to a person who is under eighteen years of age;

    (2) Subject to division (B) of this section, sell any handgun to a person who is under twenty-one years of age;

    (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;
     
  3. alxshml

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    Would I be considered a responsible adult, being above 18?
     
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    Not by Ohio statute.
     
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    According to the law NavyLt posted:

    In reference to a handgun, no, you must be 21.

    In reference to a long gun, you are old enough at 18.
     
  6. SMMAssociates

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    alxshml:

    You must be over 21 to buy a handgun in OH, with some exceptions for Military and Law Enforcement.

    A parent or guardian can buy a handgun for your use (and there are probably ways to actually own one), but it's best to presume those don't apply.

    You can USE a handgun under the supervision of an adult - the presumption appears to be "over 21" without any issues, but the supervisor is supposed to be present. There really isn't any lower limit to the age of the "youngster" here.

    This "use" thing applies to hunting, training, target practice, etc. If you go shooting with "Uncle Fred", the presumption is that he has control of the guns on the way to and from the range (or field), and will help you use them at the range/field. You can't toss the guns in your car and meet him there.

    18 seems to be fine, as others have indicated, for long guns.

    To carry a handgun in OH you need a CHL, which requires that you be over 21. (Or LE or the Military, and I'd bet that the latter wouldn't help get a CHL. LEO's don't need one....)

    Turning 18 and wanting a gun, and finding out that you have to wait three more years has to be about as painful as waiting until you turned 16 to get your Driver's License.... (Been there, but flintlocks were still in vogue when I started driving :D.) (Well, almost - 1962.) But since you can use a handgun that your parents (or about any adult friend) can provide under the law, as stated above, it's not nearly as bad as having mom drive you on a date :D.... Downside, of course, is having a family member along, but there's a lot of potential good there. We have a very good trapshooter at the club who's just over 16. He comes down to the pistol range regularly and shoots something - usually one of mine. The kid's about 6'2" and 275#+. I've got about 40# on him, but he's a little taller. Nobody's going to ask his age :D.... (Safety note: He's got it together.... Non-issue.)

    My dad never wanted guns in the house at all. Prior to WWII he was in the CCC program, and qualified with about any one-man firearm the military had handy - and was a machine gunner! But when I brought it up, he said that I'd have to get a badge first. I did.... (Semi-retired rent-a-cop, among other things.)

    Regards,
     
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