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Support Extreme Risk Protection Orders
The gun violence epidemic facing our country is a public health crisis that can be avoided – but only if Congress takes action.
In many cases of gun violence, there are warning signs that shooters are at risk of harming themselves or others.
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Although family members of the shooter at Parkland, FL had contacted law enforcement, there was no clear process to restrict his access to guns.
Extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs) allow families, household members, and/or law enforcement to petition courts to restrict an individual’s access to guns, while creating a process for appeals. ERPOs are a crucial policy that help remove guns from someone who is a threat to themselves or others. H.R. 1236 provides federal funding to support state, tribal, and local efforts to educate, train, and provide guidance on how to effectively implement this policy.
Support extreme risk protection orders. Co-sponsor H.R. 1236
- In the state of Connecticut from 1999-2013, for every estimated 10-20 extreme risk protection orders issued, at least one suicide was prevented.
- Fraudulent ERPOs are rarely filed. Police found firearms in 99% of instances when an order was issued, removing an average of seven guns per order.
- 15 states and the District of Columbia have either passed or enacted an extreme risk law at the state level.
- H.R. 1236 requires that at least 25% of all federal funds go towards training members of law enforcement. This funding is critical, as members of law enforcement are often on the front lines of enforcing and implementing ERPOs.
Andre Gobbo, Domestic Policy Associate, firstname.lastname@example.org