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.

Read about our recent efforts in the Summer 2020 Newsletter.

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, 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. 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.




Gun Deaths in Ohio

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2016 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released December, 2017. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2016, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed at http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html on Jul 6, 2018 5:10 PM

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