Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, working to prevent gun violence through education, advocacy and public awareness.
What We Do
Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence (OCAGV) continues to be the state’s recognized resource organization for current information regarding gun violence and gun related legislation.
The Coalition monitors current developments at the national and state level 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.
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, evolved into an independent nonprofit organization in 2002.
Our goal is to address the public safety issue of gun violence in Ohio. Through our advocacy work and Books Not Bullets, Weapons Free Zones, and Picture Peace programs, we strive to end gun violence within our communities.
OCAGV is a founding member of States United to Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of 29 state gun violence prevention groups.
OCAGV has collaborated with many Ohio and national groups to accomplish both advocacy and education initiatives. 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.