In the wake of the mass shootings in Gilroy, Dayton and El Paso, which left 35 dead and dozens more injured, the country is once again reeling from gun-related violence.
President Trump responded by reiterating his call for passage of a ‘red flag’ law (also known as Extreme Risk Protective Orders or ERPOs), a policy that would temporarily remove firearms from people in crisis who pose a dangerous threat to themselves or others. Several federal ERPO laws have been proposed in Congress, including a bipartisan bill that would provide funding to states that pass ERPO laws.
17 states and the District of Columbia have passed ERPO laws, often in the wake of a mass shooting. Evidence shows these laws significantly reduce suicides and can prevent other gun deaths and injuries, such as mass shootings.
Utah has proposed its own ERPO bill. How important are mass shootings and policy solutions to you?