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Laws and Policy Resources on Gun Violence Prevention

posted on Wed, Feb 28 2018 10:19 am by Colleen Healy Boufides

A requester from Ohio contacted the Network about a local public health workgroup's effort to reduce youth violence in the state. One issue that had arisen was Ohio’s penalty for non-licensed firearm possession, which the requester noted did little to deter unlicensed gun possession. The requester wanted to know what policies or laws might work better to deter people from carrying unlicensed firearms.  

The Network provided the requester with links to a number of resources prepared by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a policy organization dedicated to saving lives by reducing gun violence.

In addition to its Ohio-specific information, including an Overview of Ohio Firearms Laws and a page describing specific categories of Ohio laws, the Center’s webpage includes information on a variety of federal and state legal topics, including:


The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence also provides free legal technical assistance to lawmakers, public officials, and advocates working toward solutions to gun violence.

In addition, the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research works extensively on legal issues relating to gun violence. Some of the Center’s resources that may be of interest include:


Network attorneys are available to answer questions on this and other public health topics at no cost to you, and can assist you in using law to advance your public health initiatives. Contact a Network Attorney in your area for more information.

The legal information and assistance provided in this document does not constitute legal advice or legal representation. For legal advice, readers should consult a lawyer in their state.