Improper Handling of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle is prohibited in Ohio The Ohio Revised Code, section 2923.16. That section prohibits many different types of conduct.
First it prohibits anyone from discharging a firearm in or on motor vehicle.
Second, it prohibits carrying a firearm when either the driver or any passenger can access the gun without leaving the vehicle.
If the person is in lawful possession of the gun there are a number legal methods to properly carry a firearm in a motor vehicle in Ohio.
First, the gun can be secured in a box or container or safe of some type.
Second, the gun can be secured in an area that would require the person to leave the motor vehicle in order to access the weapon.
Third, the gun can be displayed in plain sight on a gun rack made specifically for the purpose of carrying a weapon (rifles are commonly carried in this manner in the back of pickup truck windows).
Even if the person is a carrying concealed weapon permit holder, this statute prohibits carrying a firearm inside the vehicle if the person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
This law also makes mandatory for persons who have a caring concealed weapon permit to properly adhere to all the training that they received in those classes.
Essentially the statute requires immediate notification to the officer upon being stopped.
If you or someone you care about has been arrested for improper handling of a firearm in the Cincinnati area, please call us at (513) 421-9700 for a free consultation.