In the wake of two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas over the weekend, the country is once again reeling from gun-related deaths and injuries.
In President Trump’s response on Monday, he proposed firearm safety measures, including passing a ‘red flag’ law (also known as Extreme Risk Protective Orders or ERPOs), a type of law that would temporarily ban people in crisis who pose a dangerous threat to self or others from accessing or purchasing guns. In 2018, the White House released a list of gun safety measures in response to the Parkland shooting that specifically called on every state to adopt Extreme Risk Protective Orders.
A bipartisan bill by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Richard Blumenthal is being considered in Congress to support states with federal funding that adopt red flag laws. Such laws have passed in 17 states and the District of Colombia, including Florida in response to the Parkland shooting in 2018 (which experts agree could have been prevented with an ERPO law).
Utah has considered a strong ERPO bill for two years, but has yet to pass it.
YOU can make a difference by speaking up now and asking Utah’s state legislators to support Utah’s ERPO bill!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Ask your state legislators to support a red flag law in Utah to prevent suicides and other gun deaths and injuries, including mass shootings. Let’s not wait until it’s too late.
- Sign our survey! Simply click here: “Tell Utah leaders: Pass a red flag law to prevent suicides and mass shootings in Utah“