About us

About us


Advocating for your right to be free from gun violence

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. 


The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence (OCAGV) is the state’s recognized resource for current information regarding gun violence and gun related legislation. The Coalition monitors current developments at the national and state levels, and provides statewide education on non-violence and safety for children and families. The Coalition works with other organizations and individuals to facilitate data collection and community solutions and to support public health recognition of the gun violence problem.

The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence is committed to reducing violence in all forms and against all people.

OCAGV supports all people of color. Incidents of 2020 resulting in the deaths of many unarmed or already-incapacitated black people across the country is heart-breaking. There is much to be done to stop the needless killing of black Americans, who by virtue of their skin color, are often perceived as a threat.

OCAGV supports and wants to be part of the solutions to end the senseless killings of people of color, whether by police or an armed vigilante.  We will partner with those that work to end violence, discrimination and racism throughout the state and country.

Read about our recent efforts in the Summer 2020 Newsletter.

The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence is frequently called upon by media for comments, especially relating to Ohio legislative actions. Check out our media clips for 2020-2021.

Our History

The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence (OCAGV) is a statewide nonprofit. OCAGV was founded in Toledo, OH in 1995 as a volunteer committee focused on the concern of gun violence that was being addressed by the Interracial Religious Coalition, a community organization promoting racial, ethnic, and religious harmony. The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, operated under the auspices of the Toledo Metropolitan Ministry, and evolved into an independent nonprofit organization in 2002.

Our goal is to address the public safety issue of gun violence in Ohio. Through our education and advocacy work, we strive to end gun violence within our communities.

Our Alliances

OCAGV is a founding member of States United to Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of 32 state gun violence prevention groups.

OCAGV has collaborated with many Ohio and national groups to accomplish both advocacy and education initiatives and is a founding member of States United to Prevent Gun Violence. Our alliances include, but are not limited to: the YWCA, SAFE KIDS Coalition, Ohio Million Moms, Ohio League of Women Voters, the Interracial Religious Coalition, the Ohio Council of Churches, the Catholic Conference, The University of Toledo College of Law and College of Public Health, Lucas County Health Department and St. Vincent’s Mercy Health Partners Trauma Department. OCAGV works with numerous: gun violence prevention groups, legal advocates, health advocacy groups and consumer product groups throughout the nation. OCAGV also frequently partners with national organizations including Amnesty International, Brady United, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, the Community Justice Advocacy Fund, Everytown & Moms Demand Action, Giffords, and March for our Lives.   


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