ERPO, or Extreme Risk Protective Order, is an evidence-based policy shown to significantly reduce suicides. These laws also prevent domestic violence and other gun deaths and injuries, which is why 15 states have now passed them, mostly in the wake of tragedies like school and other shootings that could have been prevented by these policies. Colorado just became the latest state to pass a law after a Deputy Sheriff was gunned down.
ERPO laws carefully balance safety and second amendment rights in a constitutional manner. ERPOs provide a legal mechanism for law enforcement and family members to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from a person who poses a dangerous threat to themselves or others. They include strong due process, high evidentiary standards, provisions to ensure the automatic return of firearms at the end of an order and other 2nd amendment protections.
With 68% of Utahns supporting an ERPO law, including gun owners and people from both sides of the aisle, we have the unique opportunity to pass ERPO before tragedy strikes, and to significantly reduce suicides in a state that suffers from the 5th highest suicide rate in the nation.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Ask your state rep and state senator to pass an ERPO law in Utah as one piece of the puzzle to help prevent suicides. ERPOs are constitutional, pro-second amendment rights and evidence-based.