The nation’s major gun reform organizations as well as the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association have endorsed Warren’s House Bill 2227.
House Bill 2227 would help families and law enforcement to better prevent suicides and gun violence by creating an Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) also known as “Red Flag” legislation.
“It is common sense that one way to prevent gun violence is to identify those who pose a threat to themselves or others,” Warren said. “This legislation creates a way for law enforcement or family members to ask the courts to temporarily prohibit certain individuals from possessing firearms, and to relinquish any firearms they may currently possess. This will prevent them from doing harm with a gun.”
The proposed legislation would allow a court to take necessary precautions when there is clear that someone poses an extreme risk to him or herself, or others. If a court issues an ERPO prohibiting an individual from possessing firearms, that information would be promptly submitted to the Pennsylvania State Police to prevent the individual from purchasing firearms as well. The legislation also ensures the protection of a subject’s constitutional right to a full hearing.
The following groups endorsed the legislation:
– The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association
– Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, founded following the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and committed to stemming the national gun death epidemic
– The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association
– CeaseFire PA, a statewide organization that works with mayors, police chiefs, churches and community organizations in standing against gun violence
– Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, created to demand action from legislatures, companies, and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms
– Everytown for Gun Safety
“We can prevent tragedies by ensuring that those who have been determined to pose a significant risk of suicide or causing significant injury to someone else do not have access to firearms,” said Berks County District Attorney John Adams, president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. “We applaud this bipartisan effort to make our communities safer.”
Under House Bill 2227, a court could immediately issue a temporary ERPO, but it must follow up with a full expedited hearing where the subject of the order may participate and offer evidence and testimony before a final order is issued. Final orders must be as short as safety allows but may not last more than one year.