Petition to Support Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Laws In America
Dear Members of the 116th Congress:
We urge you to support H.R. 1236 and S. 506 Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation.
In 1999, Connecticut passed the first form of the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law in the nation called “Gun Seizure” or “Risk Warrant” Law to allow police to obtain a court order to seize guns from individuals who present an imminent risk of harming themselves or others.
California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington have enacted some form of an extreme risk law.
The majority of the state ERPO laws were passed with bipartisan support after the Parkland shooting tragedy. These laws have been enacted to remove guns from individuals like the shooter from Parkland, Florida, who exhibited dangerous behavior before the shooting incident.
The ERPO laws have saved many lives. According to a study by researchers from Duke, Yale and the University of Connecticut, the Connecticut law saved one life for every 10 to 20 orders.
On the first anniversary of the mass shooting tragedy in Parkland, Florida, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Representative Salud Carbajal (D-CA24) introduced their bills to help states develop court processes that allow family members to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who are a danger to themselves or others.
According to Senator Feinstein:
The Extreme Risk Protection Order Act would allow states to use COPS funding to develop court processes to allow family members to petition a court for a gun violence prevention order to temporarily block dangerous individuals from purchasing weapons from federally licensed dealers. If a prevention order were granted, the individual would be designated a prohibited purchaser in the NICS background check system.
States could also develop court processes that would allow family members to petition a court for an extreme risk protection order that would grant law enforcement the authority to temporarily take weapons from dangerous individuals who present a threat to themselves or others. The bill contains significant due process protections by ensuring confidentiality and the opportunity to be heard by a judge.
Please pass these life-saving bills NOW!
-Newtown Action Alliance Supporters