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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Firearm Prohibitions in Ohio.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 7 March
Prohibited Purchasers Generally in Ohio
Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.
Similarly, Ohio prohibits the following persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, unless they have obtained a "relief from disability":
- Fugitives from justice;
- Persons under indictment for or convicted of any violent felony offense, or who have been adjudicated a delinquent child for the commission of an offense that, if committed by an adult, would have been a violent felony offense;
- Persons under indictment for, or convicted of, a felony drug offense (or adjudicated a delinquent child for the commission of an offense that, if committed by an adult, would have been a felony drug offense);
- Persons who are "drug dependent, in danger of drug dependence" or chronic alcoholics; or
- Persons under adjudication for mental incompetence, adjudicated as a mental defective, committed to a mental institution, found to be mentally ill subject to hospitalization by court order, or involuntary mentally ill patients.
Ohio law also restricts sales to young people.
Ohio has no law preventing firearm purchase or possession by violent misdemeanants or persons subject to domestic violence restraining orders…
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