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June 13, 2018
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Governor Murphy Signs Life-Saving Extreme Risk Order Into Law
New Jersey becomes latest state to adopt bill to remove guns from someone at risk to self or others
Trenton, NJ (June 13, 2018) — This morning, Governor Phil Murphy became the fifth governor — and second Democratic governor — to sign an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) bill into law since the shooting in Parkland, Florida.
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 who is displaying signs of dangerous behavior.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Legislative Director Christian Heyne and Director of Public Health Research Adelyn Allchin attended the bill signing of this important legislation.
“This life-saving legislation provides New Jerseyans with a vital tool to save lives,” said Heyne. “By removing the gun from a potentially fatal situation, this law allows that individual to seek help before tragedy occurs.”
“Research has shown that these extreme risk laws save lives, especially in cases of suicide,” added Allchin.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence applauds Governor Murphy for signing this bill into law. We also want to congratulate the lawmakers who helped get this extreme risk law passed and offer our deepest gratitude to Giffords State Legislative Director Nico Bocour for all her hard work in the Garden State.