For the past two years, legislators have considered – but not passed – an Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) bill, also known as a ‘red flag’ law, to address firearm suicide in Utah. Such laws have been passed in 18 states and have been shown to dramatically reduce suicides.
68% of Utahns support a red flag law for Utah, including Republicans, Democrats and gun owners alike.
HB 229 by Rep. Steve Handy will soon be heard by legislators, but speaking up in support of this bill is critical!
In the meantime, a new bill by Sen. Thatcher, SB 87 Firearm Commitment Amendments, has been erroneously touted as a replacement for Extreme Risk Protective Orders. Although SB 87 relates to Safe Harbor law with the aim of preventing firearm violence, it is a very different policy with no research to support that it works and no overlap with the usefulness of Extreme Risk Protective Orders. Here is a comparison of the two bills, side by side.
Legislators need to know: both bills should be passed – not just one!
HB 229 Extreme Risk Protective Order is a priority bill for the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, the National Association for Mental Illness, physician groups, the Utah Nurses Association, and many more organizations working hard to reduce suicides in Utah.
Write your letter to your state representative and state senator below! If you want to do more, please attend an Action Utah Lobby — our team will help you lobby legislators in person for this important bill. Sign up for a lobby day here.