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Gun Violence Prevention

One team. One goal. A whole lot of support.


We're thrilled to share some exciting updates on all the great things happening at the Gun Violence Prevention Committee of the Ohio Council of Churches. Our resources are expanding with Committee members' input. Keep an eye out for future emails with more details.


You can participate in our upcoming monthly Zoom meetings. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm. Here are the remaining dates for 2024.

  • Jun 19, 2024 05:30 PM

  • Jul 17, 2024 05:30 PM

  • Aug 21, 2024 05:30 PM

  • Sep 18, 2024 05:30 PM

  • Oct 16, 2024 05:30 PM

  • Nov 20, 2024 05:30 PM

  • Dec 18, 2024 05:30 PM

Register in advance for the meetings:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Also, remember to give a big shoutout to our wonderful volunteers. Whether it's through donating their time, resources, or just a listening ear, we couldn't do what we do without them.

Action Steps to Prevent Gun Violence

1. Register and then vote gun violence prevention.

2. Contact your school board to oppose guns in schools.

3. If there is a gun in your home, store it unloaded & locked up.

4. Divest from guns – don’t spend with companies that support the gun industry – make sure your money isn’t funding gun violence.

5. Contact your national, state and local elected officials by phone, letter, or on their Facebook or Twitter page.

6. Submit a letter to the editor about gun violence prevention.

7. Sponsor a voter registration day – resource

The Ohio Council of Churches Strongly Opposes HB 51

The Ohio Council of Churches strongly opposes HB 51, “The 2ND Amendment Preservation Act.“ This bill, if enacted, would immediately be challenged as unconstitutional, because it would reject any past, present, or future Federal firearms regulations that Ohio deems to be in violation of Ohio citizens' rights to keep and bear arms.


Secondly, it would allow an abuser convicted of domestic violence, or under a restraining order, to be deemed a “Qualifying Adult,” who could carry a concealed firearm without a permit. ORC SEC. 2923.111(A)(2)(B).


Third, it would expose Ohio political subdivisions, who employ law enforcement officers, to civil suit and fines of $50,000 per incident for attempting to enforce Federal gun regulations in Ohio.


Fourth, it will fuel anti-government sentiment and encourage violence.


The bill is currently in a House Committee. We encourage people of faith and goodwill to call their state representatives and ask them to oppose this bill. Use this link to find your state representative:


Despite Ohio’s gun homicide rate increasing 94% over the last decade, our lawmakers passed a dangerous Shoot First law, and eliminated the requirement that a person get a permit and safety training before carrying a concealed gun in public. Lawmakers also passed a dangerous law which allows K-12 schools to arm teachers. “We are hopeful that our elected officials will listen to the majority of our church members who believe in common sense gun safety like safe storage, background checks, and Extreme Risk Laws,” stated the Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., executive director of the Ohio Council of Churches.

Gun Violence Prevention is an emerging priority of the Ohio Council of Churches. The OCC has collaborated with the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, OCAGV, to continue the effort to change the Culture of Violence. To better equip your congregation or organization with gun violence prevention information, strategies and action steps, visit the following online resources.
For additional information, phone 614.372.8010 or email OCC staff at


Find Your State & National Legislators

Gun Violence Prevention Resources and Groups

Gun Violence in Ohio

Media, requests for speakers and interviews should be addressed to:
Ohio Council of Churches
125 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215


Ohio Council Of Churches Says NO to S.B. 215

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