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Are there any bb gun laws in Columbus, Ohio or the state of Ohio

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Submitted: 8 years ago.
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Expert:  Gregory Boop replied 8 years ago.

Both Cleveland and Akron have ordinances preventing people from possessing bb guns or airguns in public places. Akron's statute actually prohibits the sale of bb guns and air guns.

You may know that Ohio Revised Code Section 9.68(A) was passed in early 2007 restricting local communities from imposing restrictions on firearm and ammo ownership. The question of whether that section applies to bb guns and airguns is unresolved. Cleveland considers them firearms, the state does not.

Columbus has no specific ordinance. But, under Columbus Ordinance 2323.11(B)(2), a jury is allowed to consider "the representations" of the holder of a weapon in determining if they possess a firearm. So, if you wave around an air gun and threaten that it is a handgun or rifle you can be held liable as if it was a rifle or handgun. This is the same as the Ohio Revised Code 2923.11.
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