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Signs prohibiting firearms that are posted by private businesses are not enforceable

Signage is enforceable in Ohio to the extent that you can be charged with a criminal trespass, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, if you continue into that location with your firearm.

The problem and confusion seems to arise with language and location.

Ohio Revised Code § 2923.126 states the signs must be conspicuous and inform the person that firearms are prohibited. Just remember, this is going to boil down to interpretation. But, they are technically enforceable and not just suggestions.


I can consume alcohol and possess a firearm as long as I do not become intoxicated

No. It amazes me that some people, and you’d be surprised how many have asked me about this, think it is okay to continue to carry their firearm and just have a beer or two—or have a few sips of wine here and there. Remember, it’s not like an OVI where .08 blood alcohol content is the threshold. Drunkenness does not have to be proven.


An old conviction does not count against you when applying for a handgun license

The length of time since the conviction does not matter. It is going to have an effect on your application. It does not matter that it has been a long time or that you were a juvenile.

Unless you take steps to have the matter sealed and/or expunged and perhaps have relief granted from the disability (if the condition was such that it generated a weapons disability), then you will be unable to get through the application process successfully.

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