Sponsors of Bipartisan Extreme Risk Protection Order Bill Applaud Passage by House Judiciary Committee
This evening, the House Judiciary Committee passed the bipartisan Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Act, introduced by U.S. Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), and Don Beyer (D-VA).
Following its passage, the sponsors issued the following statements:
“This is a historic day in the fight to end senseless gun violence. I am deeply proud that our Extreme Risk Protection Order Act passed through the Judiciary Committee and is one step closer to a vote on the House floor,” said Rep. Salud Carbajal.“ERPO laws are common sense—they keep guns out of the hands of those who are deemed a threat, they protect due process, keep our communities safe and save lives.”
”Congress can and must do more to address gun violence in our country," said Rep. Deutch. "This bill is bipartisan and has already proven to work in a number of states. And while Senator McConnell single-handedly prevents commonsense gun safety measures from moving forward, House Democrats will continue to do the work the American people expect from us. I was proud to vote for this bill tonight and I look forward to casting my vote on the House floor very soon.”
“The Extreme Risk Protection Order Act is such an important step forward in combatting gun violence,” said Rep. Beyer. “Our bipartisan legislation would give state and local law enforcement a powerful tool to address mass shootings, suicides, domestic violence, and so many other forms of gun violence. It would help save lives while also respecting Americans’ due process rights. I look forward to voting for this bill on the House Floor soon, and strongly urge my Senate colleagues to take forceful action immediately to stop gun violence.”
The ERPO Act, also known as a ‘red flag’ law, is a bill to temporarily keep guns out of the hands of those who are deemed a threat to themselves or others. It establishes a grant program to incentivize states to adopt extreme risk laws that would reduce gun deaths and injuries, while protecting due process rights. After the Judiciary Committee markup, the bill also includes an amendment to create a federal extreme risk protection order program. The bill will now move to the House floor for final passage.