Restoration of Gun Rights in Ohio

Can I restore my gun rights in Ohio?

  • Yes. There are certain criminal convictions in Ohio that disqualify you from owning a gun. Some of these convictions can be sealed. Once sealed, your gun rights will be restored.
  • However, if you have a conviction that cannot be sealed, it is possible to petition your local court to restore your ability to own a firearm.

What is the process to restore my gun rights in Ohio?

  • Your attorney needs to file a motion for relief from a firearm disability. This motion is filed in the court that you received the conviction.
  • There are three factors the court will look at to determine if you are eligible
    • You have completed your sentence for the conviction. This means that you have completed any jail/prison time, probation, post release control, and paid off all fines or restitution.
      • It’s possible that the weapon disability is based on something other than a conviction. For example, you could have been found to be mentally incompetent at some point. If this is no longer the case, you are eligible.
    • You have led a law abiding life since the end of your sentence and it appears likely that you continue to do so.
    • You are not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing or using firearms.
      • This means that you have no other convictions preventing you from owning firearms.
  • The court will (hopefully) schedule a hearing after you file your motion. If the court grants the motion, it will file an entry that states your weapons rights have been restored.


Call Makridis Law Firm at (330) 394-1587 to determine if you are eligible to have your gun rights restored. We have over 40 years of experience in restoring gun rights for our clients.

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