Extreme Risk Protection Order Becomes Law in Oregon
ERPO’s passage indicates growing support for data-driven gun policy.
Salem, Oregon (August 16, 2017) — Yesterday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed SB 719 into law. SB 719, otherwise known as the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO), establishes a process to remove guns from individuals at risk of harming themselves or others. With Governor Brown’s signature, Oregon becomes the third state to pass such a law in three years. California passed a similar law in 2014, and voters in Washington state passed ERPO by ballot initiative in 2016.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Legislative Director Christian Heyne issued the following statement:
“The Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) will save lives in Oregon. By giving law enforcement and family members the tools to remove guns from those at risk of harming themselves or others, ERPO is a step towards reducing gun violence in all its forms. Sensible policies like ERPO allow those on the front lines to take action and remove firearms before tragedy strikes. CSGV applauds Governor Brown and the Oregon legislature for passing this live-saving policy with bipartisan support.
“This bill would not have become law without the leadership of the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety. We are proud to partner with them in the effort to save lives in Oregon and across the nation.”