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Like it or not, every gun owner needs to make sure that they comply with all of the local and state firearm laws. the Ohio State Bar Association has put together a list of questions and answers concerning the rights and responsibilities of Ohio gun owners.

Q: Can a person under 21 years of age possess a handgun in Ohio?

A: Yes. It is not a crime for a person under 21 years of age to possess a firearm. However, it is a crime for another person to “furnish” a firearm to a person under 21 years of age, except for use in lawful hunting, sporting, or educational purposes such as instruction in firearms or handgun safety, care, handling or marksmanship under the supervision or control of a responsible adult. A person under age 21 is not allowed to buy or attempt to buy handguns or handgun ammunition, but generally can buy and possess long guns and long gun ammunition.

Q: Can I carry a firearm outside of my home in Ohio?

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A: Yes. The Ohio constitution protects the “open carrying” of firearms, but some restrictions apply. For example, you cannot openly carry a firearm in a motor vehicle unless you are also licensed to carry a concealed handgun. Carrying concealed firearms is a licensed activity in Ohio. For more information, visit the Ohio Attorney General’s website:

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