I just moved into a new apartment complex and as I was moving my furniture in, saw that the building is posted with a sign that we all hate seeing. Let me describe it for you in case your imagination isn't working.
Black silhouette of a revolver. Red circle with a slash. Text reads as follows:
Notice. It is illegal to carry a firearm, deadly weapon, or dangerous ordinance anywhere on these premises. Unless otherwise authorized by law, no person shall knowingly possess, have under the person's control, convey, or attempt to convey a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance onto these premises. Posted pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code.
Question: Can the landlord legally post apartments as off limits for firearms? What effect does this really have. What rights and options as a tenant do I have when it comes to gun ownership and possession in this situation. It should be noted that nowhere on my lease or rules pamphlet does it say anything about firearms or weapons.
Additional Facts: The signs can be found inside the stairwells connecting the outside world to the front door of my apartment. Signs are also posted in the laundromat, but not in the main office. In addition, the apartments in the complex with doors directly connected to the outside are not posted. It confuses me.
Suggestions, comments, questions are all welcomed. I've tried to find answers to this on some of the online resources, but haven't been able to find an answer. I'm also considering consulting with a lawyer for my legal options.