CSGV Statement: Fort Lauderdale Shooting Illustrates Need For Gun Violence Restraining Order Laws in More States
Many questions remain, but history of domestic violence and apparent descent into crisis should have raised sufficient concerns to temporarily remove shooter’s firearms
Statement by Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz:
“The horrific shooting yesterday at the baggage claim of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a sobering reminder that our ongoing gun violence epidemic does not disappear with a new year or a new president. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families affected by this tragedy.
“While the facts are still emerging, policymakers across the nation should remember that there are legislative options to provide preventative tools to law enforcement and concerned family members. California and Washington state have recently enacted laws that allow courts to temporarily remove firearms from individuals displaying signs of dangerousness (Gun Violence Restraining Order in California and Extreme Risk Protection Order in Washington). New data examining a similar Connecticut law indicates that these policies are highly effective. As legislatures across the nation return to work this month, we call on more states to consider this life-saving tool.”
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