By Jessica Wehrman,Jack Torry
How the National Rifle Association ranks Ohio’s members of Congress
A+: Republicans Robert Latta, Jim Jordan, John Boehner, Bob Gibbs.
A: Democrat Tim Ryan and Republicans Mike Turner, Steve Chabot, Brad Wenstrup, Steve Stivers, Bill Johnson, Pat Tiberi, Jim Renacci, and David Joyce
C-: Democrat Marcy Kaptur
F: Democrats Marcia Fudge and Joyce Beatty
A: Republican Rob Portman
F: Democrat Sherrod Brown
Gun laws in Ohio
Ohio does not:
- Allow purchase of a firearm by any person under age 18, and the purchase of a handgun by any person under 21. Ohio law generally bars selling or furnishing a firearm to a person under the age of 18, or a handgun to a person under age 21.
- Provide a minimum age for the possession of firearms, but allows minors to possess firearms only under supervision. You cannot “furnish” a firearm to person under 18 or furnish a handgun to person under 21 except for hunting, sporting, educational purposes.
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties.
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles or large capacity ammunition magazines.
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time.
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases.
- Regulate ammunition sales.
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms.
- Provide local governments with the discretion to deny concealed weapons permits.
- Allow fugitives from justice, people under indictment for or convicted of a violent felony to own or buy a gun.
- Allow people to own a gun who are “drug dependent, in danger of drug dependence” or chronic alcoholics; or judged to be mentally incompetent, mentally defective, committed to a mental institution, found to be mentally ill subject to hospitalization by court order, or are involuntary mentally ill patients.
- Require a state permit or license to acquire a handgun, rifle or shotgun.
- Allow a person without a concealed handgun license to carry a handgun concealed on his or her person. This provision exempts officers, agents, and employees of a state agency or the federal government or law enforcement officers authorized and acting in the scope of their employment.
- Allow concealed carry of a handgun by a licensee in the following public areas: public schools; police, sheriff or state highway patrol stations; correctional facilities and jails; airport passenger terminals or any airplanes; premises owned or leased by a public or private college, university or other institution of higher learning; Any place of worship (unless it has elected to allow firearms).
Source: National Rifle Association, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office