In the years since I originally posted here about weapons disability relief, I've had the chance to speak with many, many people who had questions or wanted help. In some of those cases I was able to get involved and work to get their gun rights restored.
Here are some things to consider -
1) Not all offenses create a weapons disability under Ohio law - only felony offenses of violence and felony drug offenses. So if you go to a judge with a felony theft on your record and ask for relief, she might tell you to go away because you're not under a disability. There are some arguable exceptions, but it really depends on the specific facts of the case.
2) Any felony (and some misdemeanors) create a disability under federal law. So any offense (state or federal) punishable by a year or more in prison means no more guns.
3) There is no federal disability relief (technically it exists in the law, but it hasn't been funded for a couple of decades). However, federal law recognizes state disability relief.... But the states and feds aren't very good at communicating, so even if you get your rights back from Ohio, you might have more work ahead of you in order to be able to purchase a firearm at a dealer or obtain a concealed carry license.
I may have some more thoughts on this issue in the near future. In the meantime, if you're reading this and have comments or questions, let me know -