I am 26 years old, live in the state of Ohio and do not currently own a firearm because my rights where revoked in 2006 when I was charged with a misdemeanor drug possession of marijuana. Recently my rights have been restored thanks to HB 54 and I am eager to own my first firearm. I'm thinking a pistol for now, since I have a family, I'd like to protect them while we are home from enemies foreign and domestic. My questions I guess are pretty simple, 1) Since I've had a past drug charge on my record, am I banned from obtaining a concealed weapons permit? 2) What exactly is "open carry" and what does it mean? what is allowed, as opposed to what isnt allowed.
Thank you very much for your time in answering my questions.
Besides the good advice to go to the Ohio forum to pose your questions, you might want to consider consulting an attorney who is versed in both Ohio and federal firearms laws. There is a great deal of debate concerning if state restoration of civil rights meets the federal requirements for possession of a firearm - or more accurately if the feds refusal to recognize state restoration of civil rights can be overcome.
It's not that prohibited persons comit a crime when they try to buy a firearm. It's that they commit a crime when they check the "no" box when they should have checked the "yes" box. The time and money spent with an attorney now may be much less expensive than the time and money you may need to spend with an attorney later.
Another good resource is www.buckeyefirearms.org . They have addressed this question repeatedly and you can find solid advice there.
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