usap wrote:I was thinking about purchasing a new 9mm Glock and 9mm ammo from a website that shows an address in Wisconsin, but it's bylaws state that it follows Arizona state law. Would this online purchase be legal from Ohio?
usap wrote:I saw a synopsis of Ohio firearms law from the NRA (Sept 20007) that implies firearms purchases are restricted to states that are adjacent to Ohio (and it does not address handgun purchases). It states, "Any adult resident of Ohio, not prohibited from acquiring firearms, may purchase a rifle, shotgun or ammunition in IN, KY, MI, PA, or WV".
merely mirrored the federal provisions that were in place at the time it was implemented (1974). You'll note the permissive (not prohibitive) nature of the statute:
(A) Any resident of Ohio age eighteen or over, and not prohibited by section 2923.13 or 2923.15 of the Revised Code or any applicable law of another state or the United States from acquiring or using firearms, may purchase or obtain a rifle, shotgun, or ammunition therefor in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia.
(B) Any resident of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia, age eighteen or over, and not prohibited by section 2923.13 or 2923.15 of the Revised Code or the laws of his domicile or the United States from acquiring or using firearms, may purchase or obtain a rifle, shotgun, or ammunition therefor in Ohio.
(C) Any purchase and sale pursuant to this section shall be for such purposes and under such circumstances and upon such conditions as are prescribed by the “Gun Control Act of 1968,” 82 Stat. 1213, 18 U.S.C. 922(b)(3), and any amendments or additions thereto or reenactments thereof.
The GCA has since been modified to allow in-person purchases of long arms (rifles & shotguns) from any state. There's nothing in Ohio law the prohibits
the purchase of a long arm from other than a contiguous state. 2923.22 is essentially excess baggage at this point.
usap wrote:Does this mean an Ohioan cannot purchase ammo when walking into a store in other states than those listed?
You may purchase ammo in any state as long as that state's laws allow it.
usap wrote:What about online purchases? Does the website have to be registered in one of the named adjacent states?
No. You may purchase ammunition from any online vendor that will sell it to you, provided that vendor is shipping the ammo to you from somewhere inside the US.
usap wrote:What about handgun purchases, which were not addressed in the NRA purchasing statement above? Are handgun purchases restricted to stores and websites located in Ohio?
Yes (with a caveat). All handgun transfers between unlicensed individuals must take place on an intrastate basis; you simply cannot (legally) stroll into Michigan and buy a handgun from your best friend (unless he's a federal licensee).
If you buy a handgun in another state, it must be transferred to you through a licensee in Ohio (licensee = holder of Federal Firearms License = FFL). This is relatively easy to do, especially if you're buying from a reputable dealer or from an individual that has done this more than once.
Where (general info is fine) are you located? If you'll post your location, someone can probably suggest a local dealer who could facilitate the inbound transfer of a handgun for you.
Btw, is the WI dealer one of the TSG (TopGlock, etc.) outfits?