On January 17 in Albany, NYAGV and other advocacy groups joined with New York State Senators Brian Kavanagh and Brad Hoylman and Assembly member Jo Anne Simon to announce a new coalition to advocate for an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Law in New York State. Extreme risk protection orders would enable families and police to prevent individuals in crisis from accessing guns through court-issued protection orders.

In addition to NYAGV, the ERPO Coalition includes the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and Prosecutors Against Gun Violence.

Law Would Establish New Court-Issued Order of Protection

The ERPO Coalition will advocate this legislative session for the enactment of  legislation (S7133/A8976) for an Extreme Risk Protection Order and the establishment of a civil court process that empowers family and law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from individuals who are in serious crisis and a danger to themselves and others.  Similar laws have already been enacted in Connecticut, Indiana, California and Washington and have withstood legal challenges.

Rebecca Fischer, NYAGV Executive Director, stated, “Gaps in our state laws continue to leave New Yorkers vulnerable to senseless gun-related tragedies. We stand with a state-wide coalition of lawmakers, advocates and others to support the passage of Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation, a law that will prevent suicide, domestic violence, mass shootings, and other interpersonal gun violence.”

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NYAGV Executive Director Rebecca Fischer, far right, with lawmakers and ERPO Coalition members in Albany.