Supply: Workplace of Rep. Salud Carbajal
[On Tuesday], Rep. Salud Carbajal and Senator Dianne Feinstein reintroduced the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act. The laws was launched by Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) and co-led by Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI). Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) launched companion laws within the Senate.
The Excessive Danger Safety Order Act establishes a brand new grant program to encourage states to undertake “crimson flag” legal guidelines, which permit members of the family or legislation enforcement officers to petition a choose to briefly disarm a person in disaster in the event that they pose a risk to themselves or others. If enacted, states who undertake these preventative measures can be eligible for federal funding to assist pay for implementation and processing.
“I misplaced my older sister to suicide with a firearm at a younger age after which, in 2014, our group skilled horrible tragedy when a gunman killed six college students in Isla Vista. What I’ve discovered since is that briefly stopping individuals from having a gun whereas in a state of disaster, and giving our legislation enforcement the correct instruments to deal with harmful behaviors, saves stay,” mentioned Rep. Salud Carbajal. “As lawmakers, we now have a duty to honor the victims and survivors of gun violence with motion. Excessive danger safety orders have saved lives in California and this laws will assist different states implement this lifesaving coverage.”
“Excessive danger safety orders save lives by conserving weapons out of the arms of people who find themselves a risk to themselves or others,” mentioned Senator Feinstein. “California has proven that these legal guidelines work. Our commonsense invoice would assist extra states enact comparable legal guidelines that respect due course of rights whereas giving households and legislation enforcement a solution to take away weapons from harmful people.”
In 2014, a gunman in Isla Vista exhibited warning indicators on social media earlier than embarking on a lethal bloodbath which took the lives of six college students. The gunman’s mom warned native legislation in regards to the gunman’s conduct, however they have been powerless to maintain firearms out of his arms. Following the capturing, California passed a red flag law permitting household and legislation enforcement to petition a choose for an excessive danger safety order in an effort to stop comparable tragedies.
“My son Chris is lifeless — shot and killed in Isla Vista, California Might 23, 2014 — a university scholar twenty years outdated. His killer had an extended historical past of significant psychological well being points, three handguns and greater than 500 rounds of ammunition. Motivated by misogyny he meant to kill as many individuals as he might. There have been warning indicators,” mentioned Richard Martinez, Gun Violence Survivor and Outreach Affiliate with Everytown for Gun Security. “I applaud Rep. Carbajal for introducing the Excessive Danger Safety Order Act. We all know ERPO legal guidelines save lives. Congress should act to stop extra mindless tragedy. Not yet another.”
“This necessary public security laws would supply an incentive for the states to undertake Gun Violence Restraining Orders or comparable laws by grant funding,” mentioned Joyce Dudley, District Lawyer for Santa Barbara County. “I firmly consider if California had this legislation, years in the past a whole bunch of lives wouldn’t have been destroyed and with the passage of this legislation 1000’s of lives will be saved.”
“Excessive danger safety orders are probably the most necessary instruments to assist stop tragedies involving firearms. In 19 states and the District of Columbia, excessive danger legal guidelines are working and permitting members of the family and legislation enforcement to briefly disarm somebody liable to harming themselves or others whereas defending due course of rights. This process ought to be accessible in each state throughout the nation,” mentioned Adzi Vokhiwa, Giffords Federal Affairs Director. “We applaud Senator Feinstein and Congressman Carbajal for introducing this laws to assist extra states enact and implement excessive danger legal guidelines and save lives from gun suicides and homicides.”
“After the horrific 2013 Sandy Hook Elementary College capturing, we knew that we needed to act so this tragedy would by no means occur once more. That’s why the Coalition to Cease Gun Violence convened a working group that issued fashions for the primary trendy Excessive Danger Safety Order,” mentioned Josh Horwitz, government director of the Coalition to Cease Gun Violence. “ERPO legal guidelines are already saving lives in 19 states and the District of Columbia, and I’m grateful that gun violence prevention champions like Senator Feinstein and Consultant Carbajal are working laborious to guard our communities and deal with this public well being disaster. ERPO legal guidelines work to stop gun violence in its many tragic types—from dying by gun suicide, home violence, violence on a group degree, to mass shootings. The Excessive Danger Safety Order Act will save lives on a nationwide scale, and CSGV is proud to endorse this laws.”
Pink flag legal guidelines are an evidence-backed coverage and has garnered bipartisan assist, including from former President Donald Trump. The invoice additionally preserves due process rights by requiring members of the family or legislation enforcement to petition a choose in an effort to briefly disarm a person in disaster.
Consultant Carbajal and Senator Feinstein first launched the Excessive Danger Safety Order Act within the a hundred and fifteenth Congress and have reintroduced each Congress since. Extra data will be discovered here. Full invoice textual content is offered here. A recording of the press convention held on 5.25.21 is offered here.