Red flag law

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) measure, among other gun control laws, in February in an effort to to prevent gun violence following the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

The ERPO would prohibit people who are at high risk of using a firearm to hurt themselves or others to own the weapons, to buy them or to give up their possession of firearms they already own. Then, the individual will receive a hearing date for the judge to decide if a final ERPO will be ordered for up to 1 year.Cuomo called the legislation "a big step forward" for commonsense gun control."There is a solution, and we have six years of history to show that the planet does not stop spinning, people don't lose guns, it doesn't bankrupt an industry," Cuomo said in February at a state Capitol news conference with anti-gun violence advocates.

In a rare victory for gun control advocates,
the laws have spread since the February 2018 shooting that killed 17 students and staff members at a high school in Parkland, Florida. New York’s new law took effect Saturday while New Jersey’s begins Sept. 1. The proliferation of such laws comes despite opposition from gun rights activists and others who say the measures go too far.
Since most of the laws are new, research on their effectiveness is limited. A study published last year estimated that the two states with the longest-standing laws, Connecticut and Indiana, may have had 500 fewer gun suicides over a decade as a result of the measures. Another study estimated that Connecticut, which adopted its law in 1999 after a mass shooting at the state lottery office, prevented one suicide for every 10 to 20 people subjected to gun seizures.
A study published this week about California’s law found 21 examples in which people who had threatened public shootings were successfully disarmed.
In jurisdictions where red flag laws have been aggressively enforced, officials say the measures have likely prevented some suicides, workplace shootings and domestic killings.

“I’m convinced that having this powerful tool gives our communities the ability to step in and prevent some tragedies from happening,” said Mara Elliott, the city attorney in San Diego, where more than 300 gun violence restraining orders have been issued in less than two years. “Given the numbers that we are seeing, I think that’s startling
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