The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, working to prevent gun violence through education, advocacy and public awareness.

Our History:

The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence (OCAGV) began as a volunteer committee in 1995 based on the concern about gun violence felt by the the Interracial Religious Coalition, an organization promiting racial, ethnic and religious harmony. We began our work under the auspices of Toledo Metropolitan Mission, which works ecumenically to improve the quality of life for all citizens of the area, especially the poor and powerless. Our goal is to increase safety in Ohio in regards to firearms. We educate about gun homicides, suicides, and unintentional deaths and injuries. The Coalition supports and encourages local, state and federal legislation to reduce the accessibility of firearms in our communities and families.

Since our begining we have opposed the carrying of concealed weapons.

Our philosphy is:  Everyone is a good guy until they’re not.  Although we are not accusing those who carry hidden loaded weapons (5 percent of adult Ohioans) of encouraging violence we maintain that what they are doing by insisting on having weapons everywhere is changing the culture. That culture of fear promotes a culture of violence and acceptance of a social norm that we can only exist together safely if we are armed. We owe our children a better way to live than that.

Some of Our Programs and Actions:

We partner and build coalitions with individuals and organizations throughout the state for a safer Ohio.

  • The Pledge

    Day of National Concern about Young People and Violence Students are given the chance to sign a pledge never to bring a gun to school or use a gun to settle a dispute and to influence their friends to do the same.

  • Gun Lock Giveaways

  • Provided locks to area gun owners in partnership with law enforcement.

  • Prayer Vigils

  • Held in memory of victims of gun violence.

  • Culture Challenge

  • Providing 'no-gun' signs to businesses to prohibit the carrying of guns on their property.

  • Engaging universities, parents and students to keep guns off campuses.

  • Opposing guns in schools.