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The basics of Ohio's weapons crimes

Owning firearms may be a right under the Second Amendment to the U.S Constitution, but there are limitations. Each state has its own gun laws in order to help ensure the safety of the public. Ohio residents who own weapons, or want to own them, will need to have a basic understanding of the state's gun laws in order to make sure they do not end up charged with weapons crimes. 

For example, Ohio residents cannot legally own certain weapons such as zip guns or automatic weapons that have been sawed off. It is also illegal to own military ammunition. Some people may be able to own mufflers or silencers if they meet certain qualifications and have the appropriate licenses.

In addition to certain types of weapons, certain people may not own firearms. Anyone convicted of a drug crime or a felony may not own a firearm. People who suffer from chronic alcoholism or declared mentally incompetent cannot legally own a weapon either. The law also does not allow juveniles adjudicated as delinquents for the commission of a felony to own weapons. Anyone under the age of 18 may only use a weapon under adult supervision for the purposes of hunting or marksmanship.

This is not an exhaustive list of Ohio's gun laws, but they provide at least the outline of what people must know if they own firearms or want to at some point. For those who find themselves dealing with weapons crimes charges already, challenging them should be a priority. Even if the charges are not dismissed, it may be possible to avoid a conviction or otherwise find the best outcome possible.

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