NYAGV applauds the New York State Assembly for passing the New York Extreme Risk Protection Order bill (A. 6994) (ERPO) in June. The bill would enable family members and others to petition a court to remove guns from individuals who are dangerous to themselves or others, reducing the potential for suicides and mass shootings.

NYAGV and its supporters worked diligently for the passage of this common-sense legislation, which will need to be taken up by the Senate when it reconvenes in January.

Currently, although the majority of mass shooters and victims of suicide exhibit dangerous “red flag” behavior before fatal shootings, even when loved ones report their fears to law enforcement, police may not have the authority to intervene. This bill would enable family members and others to petition a court to suspend the dangerous person’s access to guns. The ERPO would require that person to surrender his or her guns to police and prevent the person from buying, selling, or possessing other firearms on a temporary and potentially long-term basis.

Take action!

Please contact your NYS Senate representative and urge the passage of the New York Extreme Risk Protection Order bill to reduce shootings by those dangerous to themselves and others.