With life on pause across New York, economic anxiety rising, and families spending time in confined spaces, gun safety issues within the home are of vital concern – particularly domestic violence, suicides, and unintentional shootings. It is important to understand what you can do to prevent gun violence in the household.

  • Extreme Risk Protection Orders. In 2019, New York enacted a red flag law, which allows family and household members to apply for temporary protection orders to remove guns from people who are a danger to themselves or others. Here is a fact sheet about how ERPOs work (compiled in partnership with the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence) and  a link to the court forms you need to apply for one.
  • Safe Storage. With children home from school and adults feeling isolated, it is essential to make sure that every gun in your home is secured – that means locked and unloaded in a gun safe, with ammunition locked away separately, so that firearms and ammunition are inaccessible to children or anyone else who is prohibited from accessing them. This is not just common sense – it’s the law in New York State!

Additionally, here is a list of mental health and domestic violence resources that may assist New Yorkers through these challenging times:

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness has an extensive COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide with helpful resources for combating anxiety and loneliness and practical information about financial and health care assistance.
  • The New York State Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • The New York State Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906
  • The New York State Crisis Text Line: Text Got5 to 741-741