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Legal Information: Ohio

State Gun Laws

Laws current as of July 12, 2023

If the abuser's gun is taken away, what will happen to it?

In Ohio, a police officer that responds to the scene of a crime will take (seize) any weapon used or threatened to be used in the incident.1 Once a gun has been seized by police, it will be held by the police, destroyed, sold at auction, or sold by a licensed firearm dealer.2

If the abuser has a concealed handgun license and s/he is arrested, charged with a crime, or has a protection order against him/her, the sheriff who issued the license will send a notice via certified mail to the abuser saying that the abuser has ten days to turn in the gun to the sheriff.3

1 Ohio Rev. Code § 2935.03(B)(3)(h)
2 Ohio Rev. Code § 2981.12(A)(2)
3 Ohio Rev. Code § 2923.128(A)(3)