FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2019
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The Gun Law Every State Needs to Prevent Gun Violence
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence endorses legislation in the House and Senate that will encourage states to pass and enact life-saving extreme risk laws.
Washington, DC (February 14, 2019) – Today, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Senate version of the Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Act, legislation that incentivizes the passage and implementation of ERPO laws in states where they do not currently exist. Identical legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives yesterday by Representatives Carbajal, Fitzpatrick, Deutch, and Beyer.
In the year since the deadly massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, eight states — Florida, Vermont, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Delaware, Massachusetts, Illinois, and the District of Columbia — have passed these life-saving laws.
Extreme Risk Protection Order laws provide a vital tool for family members and law enforcement to remove guns from a dangerous situation before tragedy occurs. These laws allow concerned loved ones or law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from an individual exhibiting dangerous behavior towards self or others.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Legislative Director Christian Heyne issued the following statement:
“We applaud Senator Feinstein and Representatives Carbajal, Deutch, Fitzpatrick, and Beyer for introducing this extremely important legislation.
“In the year since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, we have seen ERPO laws pass in red and blue states with Democratic and Republican governors and legislatures. They are life-saving tools that are essential in efforts to reduce American gun deaths — especially gun suicides.
“We are hopeful that this legislation will continue to attract bipartisan support in the United States Congress and give states more incentive to pass these life-saving laws and invest in their implementation.”