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How Do I Restore My Gun Rights After A Felony Conviction?

After a felony conviction, anyone prohibited from exercising their gun rights may request that their Second Amendment rights be restored.

Under Ohio law, a person cannot acquire, have, carry, or use a firearm if they have been indicted or convicted of a felony offense of violence or felony offense involving illegal possession or trafficking in drugs. If and when a person violates this Ohio law, he or she may be subject to a felony arrest and a prison sentence of up to three years. 

Fortunately, Ohio law also allows for the restoration of gun rights after felony conviction. Under Ohio Revised Code section 2932.14, anyone may file an application to restore their gun rights with the Common Pleas Court where they reside to request the restoration of their Second Amendment rights. The application to restore will include the applicant's indictments or felony convictions causing the prohibition, the sentence imposed and any release granted under a community control sanction, post release control sanction, or parole. And, the application will also include facts that show that the applicant is now fit for restored gun rights.

At a hearing on the application to restore, the Common Pleas Court may grant the applicant restored gun rights if the Court finds that he or she:

  • has been fully discharged from their sentence of imprisonment, community control, post-release or parole;
  • has led a law abiding life since discharge;
  • appears likely to continue to live a law abiding life; and
  • is not otherwise prohibited by law from acquiring, having, carrying or using firearms.

If the application to restore is granted, the Court is authorized under ORC 2923.14(F) to restore the applicant's civil firearm rights to the full extent enjoyed by any citizen. If you have a felony conviction and want to have your Ohio gun rights restored, contact the attorney's at Rittgers & Rittgers at (513) 932-2115 for a free consultation. 

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