I was convicted of a fourth degree felony in Ohio 21 years ago. I completed probation, and my rights have been restored (voting, Jury duty, etc.). I have not received so much as a traffic ticket since that time. I know not all felonies resulted in loss of gun rights, but how do I know if I can own a gun. I would like to get my CCW permit for my own protection.
The best place for you to start is by reviewing Ohio Revised Code § 2923.14. I would thereafter consult with a local gun rights attorney if you are unclear about the procedures you must follow to apply for a restoration of your gun rights.
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Ok. That basic rights restoration letter doesn't cover gun rights, so the first question is are you disabled? (Disabled from owning a firearm by law, not handicapped). If it was a drug offense or an offense of violence, you are disabled under state law. If you could have been sentenced to more than one year in prison, you are disabled under federal law. F4s are currently punishable by up to 18 months. I'm not sure they were 21 years ago. That's more research than I do for free.
It is likely you are disable, but you can apply from relief from the disability.
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Best to have a local gun rights lawyer investigate your specific conviction.
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