by Freeland D. Oliverio, Attorney at Law
email: [email protected] :: office: 330.253.3337 :: mobile: 330.760.2494
As someone who was raised hunting and shooting on my family farm, I am a staunch proponent of
the right to bear arms as guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
However, it is an unfortunate fact that there are certain limits on this right. One such limit is imposed
upon citizens who have been found guilty of certain felony offenses. Under both state and federal law, if
you have been charged with a felony offense of violence, you are considered “under a disability,” which
simply means you are legally prohibited from possessing, using, or purchasing firearms.
Fortunately, the State of Ohio provides a process by which people can restore their firearms rights
on both the state and federal level. Ohio Revised Code Section 2923.14 allows citizens with a firearm
disability to petition their local county court in order to reinstate their Second Amendment rights. In its
review of the petition, the court will consider a number of factors, including:
- Whether the applicant has been fully discharged from any imprisonment, community
control, post-release control, or parole;
- Whether the applicant has led a law-abiding life since discharge, and appears likely to do
- Whether the applicant is not otherwise prohibited by law of acquiring, having, or using
If your firearms rights are restored under 2923.14, the court will notify both the Ohio Department
of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In other words, successfully petitioning the
court under Ohio Revised Code 22923.14 restores both your state and federal firearms rights.
So, if you are under a weapons disability, and wish to protect your home and your family, or if
you simply enjoy hunting and shooting, the attorneys at Blakemore, Meeker & Bowler Co., L.P.A. are
ready to help you through the process of restoring your Second Amendment rights.