In Ohio, there are certain convictions that make it so that you are not allowed to own, purchase, or possess a firearm. The law calls it being under a disability.
The most common convictions causing this disability are offenses of violence and felony drug cases.
And in fact, if you are placed under this disability for a violent offense or a felony drug offense, and you are caught with a firearm later, it is a separate offense called having a weapon under a disability which is a third degree felony and punishable by 9-36 months in prison.
An individual with a domestic violence or a menacing conviction, even if a misdemeanor, will be put under this disability and is legally not allowed to purchase, carry, possess, or even be around a firearm.
Likewise, an individual with even one felony drug possession is placed under this disability.
This disability preventing gun rights is not something that goes away after a certain period of time. You have to actively seek to have it removed.
So what do you do if you are under this disability but want to own a gun, or go hunting?
A request to restore firearm rights.
This is provided for in R.C. 2929.14. It get filed in the county where you live, not necessarily where the case occurred. It is essentially a petition to the court explaining why you deserve to be able to have a gun.
The more time that has passed since your conviction is helpful, as is other mitigating information- job, family, no criminal cases for a period of time, the reason you want to have a gun, just to name a few factors.
We can file the petition for you, and argue to the judge why your firearm rights should be restored.