Ohio law penalizes anyone who:

• Recklessly sells, lends, gives, or furnishes a firearm to a person prohibited by state law from acquiring a firearm;1

• Possesses a firearm with the purpose of selling, lending, giving, or furnishing it to a person prohibited by state law from acquiring a firearm;2

• Changes, alters, removes, or obliterates the name of the manufacturer, model, manufacturer’s serial number, or other mark of identification on a firearm;3

• Possesses a firearm knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that the name of the manufacturer, model, manufacturer’s serial number, or other mark of identification on the firearm has been changed, altered, removed, or obliterated;4

• Sells or furnishes a firearm knowing or having reason to know that the person is purchasing or receiving the firearm for the purpose of selling or furnishing the firearm illegally to a person under age 18;5

• Sells or furnishes a handgun knowing or having reason to know that the person is purchasing or receiving the handgun for the purpose of selling or furnishing the handgun illegally to a person under age 21;6

• Purchases or attempts to purchase any firearm with the intent to sell or furnish the firearm illegally to a person under age 18;7 and

• Purchases or attempts to purchase any handgun with the intent to sell or furnish the handgun illegally to a person under age 21.8

Ohio does not:

• Penalize a firearms dealer for failing to conduct the federally required background check on a purchaser;

• Prohibit any person from giving false information or offering false evidence of his or her identity in purchasing or otherwise securing delivery of a firearm; or

• Have any other laws aimed at firearms trafficking.

See our Firearms Trafficking policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.20(A)(1). ⤴︎
  2. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.20(A)(2). ⤴︎
  3. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.201(A). ⤴︎
  4. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.201(A). ⤴︎
  5. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.21(A)(4). ⤴︎
  6. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.21(A)(5). ⤴︎
  7. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.21(A)(6). ⤴︎
  8. Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.21(A)(7). ⤴︎