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Individuals who are in Ohio may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony weapons offense without even realizing they were committing an illegal act. For example, some prior convicted felony offenders are not permitted to possess a firearm, and individuals who possess a concealed handgun license are required to follow certain requirements when approached by a law enforcement officer. Some of the most commonly prosecuted firearm and weapon offenses in Columbus are:
Firearm and weapon offenses could lead to serious consequences, even if the alleged offender had no intention of committing a crime, including jail or prison sentences, a criminal record and/or fines.
If you have been charged with a firearm or weapons offense in Columbus, Ohio, contact the Joslyn Law Firm. It is imperative to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who is knowledgeable with Ohio’s weapon offenses and laws. Call Brian Joslyn of the Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 for a free consultation about your firearm or weapon charges.
Firearms, guns and weapons are defined in Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.11 as the following:
Deadly Weapons – These include any instrument, device or thing capable of inflicting death and designed or adapted for use as a weapon or possessed, carried or used as a weapon.
Handguns – This term includes any firearm that has a short stock and is designed to be held and fired by a single hand, or any combination of parts that can be used to assemble a handgun.
Dangerous Ordnances – These include any automatic or sawed-off firearm, zip-gun, ballistic knife, explosive device, incendiary device, explosive chemicals, high explosive compositions, blasting agents, any other explosive substance, any weapons design and manufactured for military purposes, and the ammunition for such weapons, firearm mufflers or silencers
Carrying Concealed Weapons – Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.12:
Improper Discharge of a Firearm – Ohio Rev. Code §§ 2923.161 – 2923.162:
Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon (Having Weapons While Under Disability) – Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.13:
According to Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.12(B), a person who has been licensed to carry a concealed handgun must do the following:
If an individual violates any of these requirements, they will be charged with a minor misdemeanor, misdemeanor of the first degree or felony of the fifth degree, and their concealed license may be suspended.
Listed below are Ohio’s suggested statutory sentencing guidelines; however, these penalties may vary depending on whether the alleged offender has previously been convicted of a firearm or violent offense, the specific offense violated, where the offense was committed, and whether the person possessed a concealed handgun license.
Ohio Firearm and Weapons Statutes – This link is to Ohio’s laws regarding gun, firearm and weapon charges, and outlines the penalties for misdemeanor and felony offenses. The laws can be found in Title 29, Chapter 2923 of the Ohio Revised Code.
Ohioans for Concealed Carry – This Ohio organization is a political activist organization for all firearms related rights in the state. The group’s mission is to refine concealed carry laws in the state and expand and preserve the rights of all gun owners in Ohio.
National Rifle Association – The NRA is promoted to civilian firearms education throughout the nation, and is the nation’s leading advocate for citizens’ Second Amendment rights.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – The ATF is a national law enforcement agency that is dedicated to protecting United States citizens and local communities from violent crimes, criminal organizations, acts of terrorism, the illegal use of alcohol and tobacco items, and the illegal use and trafficking of firearms.
Contact the Joslyn Law Firm today to discuss the facts of your particular firearm or weapon charge in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus criminal attorney, Brian Joslyn of the Joslyn Law Firm will make every effort to help you avoid the most severe penalties and punishments for the charges against you. Call the Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 for a consultation about your firearm or weapon offense in Franklin County and surrounding counties, including Pickaway County, Madison County, Delaware County, Licking County and Fairfield County in Ohio.