Congress Introduces Measures to Strengthen ERPO Laws

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2021

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Life-Saving Extreme Risk Protection Order Act Introduced in Congress

The legislation, mirroring recommendations developed by experts affiliated with Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, creates resources for states to effectively implement extreme risk laws

WASHINGTON — Federal lawmakers re-introduced innovative extreme risk protection order legislation to address America’s epidemic of gun violence that kills nearly 40,000 Americans every year. The legislation would create opportunities for states to apply for federal support to implement extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs). The legislation mirrors policy recommendations developed by a consortium of legal and public health experts convened by CSGV affiliate organization the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV) following the 2013 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have implemented these laws.  

The Extreme Risk Protection Order Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.) and in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), would establish a federal grant program to support ERPO implementation efforts, ERPO laws allow for the temporary removal of guns when a person poses an immediate threat to themself or others if approved by a judge. ERPOs have been used in those states to help prevent suicides, mass shootings and other types of interpersonal gun violence, including hate crimes, domestic violence, and acts of domestic terrorism.

The bill also includes CSGV and Consortium recommendations incorporating equity considerations into ERPO law implementation. 

“Every single day in America, the unacceptable public health epidemic of gun violence takes over 100 lives. Gun violence rips apart the fabric of our communities each day, which is why Americans overwhelmingly support evidence-based solutions to reduce gun violence,” said Josh Horwitz, CSGV’s Executive Director. “The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is grateful for Representative Carbajal and Senator Feinstein’s leadership in re-introducing the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act. ERPO laws enjoy broad bipartisan support, and we look forward to Congress swiftly passing these bills into law.” 

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About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.

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