We’re making progress here in New York! The New York State Assembly recently passed the New York Extreme Risk Protection Order bill (ERPO) (A.6994), life-saving legislation that will help prevent suicides, domestic violence, mass shootings, and other gun-related tragedies.
Individuals in crisis often exhibit “red flag” behavior or other warning signs indicating that they are likely to harm themselves or others. These danger signs are often observed by family or household members. However, even when loved ones report their fears to law enforcement, police may not have the authority to intervene. The Extreme Risk Protection Order enables family, household members, and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend the individual’s access to firearms.
An ERPO law is a critical tool for preventing and reducing gun violence in New York State particularly with respect to suicide-by-firearm. In fact, research has shown that states with ERPO laws have seen a measurable reduction in suicide rates.
NYAGV applauds the NYS Assembly for passing ERPO. However, our work is not done. We’ll be pushing the NYS Senate to pass ERPO next session.
We need your help! NYAGV is educating communities throughout the state about the ERPO bill, and we’d like to come speak to your community group. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-679-2345 to make arrangements.