Extreme Risk Laws
When individuals exhibit warning signs, police and family members need to have the power to take action.
After the Parkland shooting, Majory Stoneman Douglas students discussed that the school shooter had exhibited clear warning signs. Details later came out that the FBI's Miami Division investigated the shooter after he made an online comment that said, "I am going to be a professional school shooter." It's been reported that over the past few years, the Broward County Sheriff's Office received as many as 20 calls about the shooter, but was not empowered to take further action.
Extreme risk laws allow law enforcement, family members, and sometimes others like health professionals or school administrators, to seek court permission to temporarily remove guns from a person in crisis. These laws help keep guns out of the hands of individuals at risk of injuring themselves or others.
Below are bills that have been introduced in the House and Senate to help enact extreme risk laws.
H.R. 1236 & S. 506 The extreme risk protection order act of 2019
This law provides for the establishment of a grant program, and provides minimum standards that states must meet in order to be eligible for grants. Those funds may then be used to enhance the capacity of law enforcement agencies and courts by providing additional staffing, training, and resources to help identify individuals at risk of harming themselves or others with a gun. The grants can also be used to develop and implement law enforcement and court protocols to effectively carry out extreme risk laws, and to raise public awareness and understanding of extreme risk laws.
For more information download the full Brady extreme risk laws fact sheet below or learn more about what extreme risk laws are here!