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Firearm Specifications and Related Issues

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Steven L. Taylor
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1 Hour 16 Minutes
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Punishing those who commit armed violence is critically important under Ohio law, which provides numerous types of firearm specifications resulting in mandatory consecutive sentencing that gets the offender off the streets for a longer time.  This presentation will inventory the firearm specifications available to adult and juvenile prosecutors, will address how to prove operability of the firearm,  and will discuss how many firearm-specification prison terms can be imposed at sentencing.  The fairly-new “violent career criminal” specification and the new offense of unlawful use of a firearm by a violent career criminal will be addressed as well.


1.  Overview

2.  All of the firearm specifications

3.  Ramped-up firearm specifications for having prior conviction(s)

4.  How many firearm prison terms can I get & must they run consecutive?

5.  Trial and Proving Operability (bifurcation of ramped-up specs allowed?)

6.  Violent Career Criminal Specifications & Unlawful Use of Firearm

7.  Does Complicity Count?

8.  Juvenile Specs, DYS time, and Importance of Firearm Spec Before and After Bindover

9.  Do Inconsistent Verdicts Matter on this Issue?

10.  Conclusion and questions



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In 1983, Steven L. Taylor received a B.A. degree in History from the University of Michigan. In 1986, he received a J.D. degree from the Ohio State University. He is a former law clerk for the Ohio Court of Appeals, Tenth Appellate District, and for Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer of the Ohio Supreme Court.  

Steve served for many years as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and then as Chief Counsel of the Appellate Division of the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office.  Since 2009, he has served as the editor of the monthly Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association Case Digest and is now the Legal Research and Staff Counsel for the Association.