FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2018
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Massachusetts Adopts Life-Saving Extreme Risk Law
Boston, MA (July 3, 2018) — Today, Governor Charlie Baker became the latest governor to sign an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) bill into law. Extreme risk laws have seen broad bipartisan support since the Valentine’s Day shooting in Parkland, Florida. Massachusetts becomes the seventh state – and fourth controlled by a Republican Governor – to sign an ERPO bill into law this year.
Extreme risk laws allow family members and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily remove and prohibit purchase and possession of guns from an individual licensed to own a firearm, who is displaying signs of dangerous behavior.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Director of Public Health Research Adelyn Allchin attended the bill signing.
“The data shows that these type of extreme risk laws are effective in preventing gun deaths. Governor Baker’s signing of this legislation today illustrates Massachusetts’ commitment to doing everything in their power to prevent gun deaths – both homicides and suicides – in the Bay State,” said Allchin.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence applauds Governor Baker for signing this vital legislation. We also want to thank Representatives Decker and Linsky for all their hard work introducing and championing this life-saving policy. A special thank you to the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence for all their hard work.