FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2019
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Colorado Becomes 15th State to Establish Extreme Risk Protection Order
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence applauds Governor Polis for signing this evidence-based, life-saving policy into law.
Washington, DC (April 12, 2019) – Today, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed HB 19-1177 to establish the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO). ERPO will provide a vital tool for family members and law enforcement to remove guns from a dangerous situation before tragedy occurs. The new law will go into effect January 1, 2020.
Extreme Risk Protection Order laws, which already exist in 14 states and the District of Columbia, allow concerned loved ones or law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from an individual exhibiting dangerous behavior towards self or others.
In 2016, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence’s sister organization, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, along with Colorado Ceasefire and Mental Health Colorado convened a forum at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Campus in Aurora where they introduced the idea of an ERPO-style law to Colorado lawmakers, advocates, and activists. Less than three years later, it is the law of the land.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Deputy Legislative Director Dakota Jablon issued the following statement:
“We are pleased to see Governor Polis sign this extremely important legislation into law in Colorado — a state that is all too familiar with effects of gun violence from both high profile mass shootings and the daily gun suicides that rarely make the evening news.
“Extreme Risk Protection Orders are data-driven, life-saving tools that are essential in efforts to reduce American gun violence in all its forms. In addition to Governor Polis, we want to thank House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, Senator Lois Court, Senator Brittany Pettersen, and our friend and ally Representative Tom Sullivan for leading this effort. We also want to recognize the longtime leadership of Colorado Ceasefire as well as the tireless work from our partners at the Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence, Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, and the Marigold Project for their work and dedication in making this life-saving law a reality. This vital law will help save lives in the Centennial State.”