The upshot of all this is that the cheap way to buy this is online. Of course that implies shipping it somewhere where someone can sign for it. The easiest place for me is to the office.
But there are these signs posted at my office. (at right)
This begs the question if I can have a box of ammunition shipped to work?
In doing a bit of digging the answer is an unequivocal yes.
All of this is clearly defined in the Ohio Revised Code in 2923.11.
One by one:
- 2923.11.A: “Deadly weapon” means any instrument, device, or thing capable of inflicting death, and designed or specially adapted for use as a weapon, or possessed, carried, or used as a weapon.
- 2923.11.B: “Firearm” means any deadly weapon capable of expelling or propelling one or more projectiles by the action of an explosive or combustible propellant. “Firearm” includes an unloaded firearm, and any firearm that is inoperable but that can readily be rendered operable.
- 2923.11.K: “Dangerous ordnance” means any of the following, except as provided in division (L) of this section: (The following is bundled together, refer to the original for the unabridged version)
- Any automatic or sawed-off firearm, zip-gun, or ballistic knife (knife with a detachable blade that is propelled by a spring-operated mechanism)
- Any explosive device or incendiary device
- Nitroglycerin, nitrocellulose, nitrostarch, PETN, cyclonite, TNT, picric acid, and other high explosives; amatol, tritonal, tetrytol, pentolite, pecretol, cyclotol, and other high explosive compositions; plastic explosives; dynamite, blasting gelatin, gelatin dynamite, sensitized ammonium nitrate, liquid-oxygen blasting explosives, blasting powder, and other blasting agents; and any other explosive substance having sufficient brisance or power to be particularly suitable for use as a military explosive, or for use in mining, quarrying, excavating, or demolitions
- Any firearm, rocket launcher, mortar, artillery piece, grenade, mine, bomb, torpedo, or similar weapon, designed and manufactured for military purposes, and the ammunition for that weapon (note: military weapons only)
- Any firearm muffler or silencer
- Any combination of parts that is intended by the owner for use in converting any firearm or other device into a dangerous ordnance.
- 2923.11.L: “Dangerous ordnance” does not include any of the following:
- Any firearm, including a military weapon and the ammunition for that weapon, and regardless of its actual age, that employs a percussion cap or other obsolete ignition system, or that is designed and safe for use only with black powder;
- Any pistol, rifle, or shotgun, designed or suitable for sporting purposes, including a military weapon as issued or as modified, and the ammunition for that weapon, unless the firearm is an automatic or sawed-off firearm
- Any cannon or other artillery piece that, regardless of its actual age, is of a type in accepted use prior to 1887, has no mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or other system for absorbing recoil and returning the tube into battery without displacing the carriage, and is designed and safe for use only with black powder
- Black powder, priming quills, and percussion caps possessed and lawfully used to fire a cannon of a type defined in division (L)(3) of this section during displays, celebrations, organized matches or shoots, and target practice, and smokeless and black powder, primers, and percussion caps possessed and lawfully used as a propellant or ignition device in small-arms or small-arms ammunition
- Dangerous ordnance that is inoperable or inert and cannot readily be rendered operable or activated, and that is kept as a trophy, souvenir, curio, or museum piece.
So the upshot of all this is that 2923.11.L.2 ammunition for a legal firearm is not a dangerous ordnance. I can legally possess ammunition anywhere in Ohio as long as I don’t have the firearm with me. If I have a firearm with me then other laws start to apply with regard to storage and separation.
All that’s left now is more practice — mainly with the .22 Browning.