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Bipartisan Support Grows For Enacting Gun Violence Restraining Order Laws

Washington, February 21, 2018

As students in Florida and across the country express their outrage over inaction to strengthen lax gun laws, political leaders from both parties are coming out in support of gun violence restraining orders (GVRO’s). In the past few days, GVRO’s have been written about favorably in the National Review, and supported by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Governor Jeb Bush, and other prominent conservatives. More on GVRO’s:

National Review: “A Gun-Control Measure Conservatives Should Consider”

ABC News: “How a temporary restraining order for guns could help stop mass shootings”

Sacramento Bee Editorial Board: “Here’s a California gun law that saves lives. If only Florida had such a law”

PBS: “This Florida bill could restrict guns from dangerous owners”

NPR [Morning Edition]: “Politics In The News: Gun-Violence Restraining Order”

The Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, introduced by Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), and Don Beyer (D-VA) would codify the proposal nationally. That bill is seeing rising support in the House of Representatives this week, and the Members are actively seeking Republican cosponsors. More on the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act:

Reuters: “Gun restraining order might have thwarted Florida shooting: experts”

Roll Call: “Democrats Push Bill They Say Could Have Prevented Parkland Shooting”

Huff Post: “Here’s How To Stop The Next Nikolas Cruz”

The Hill: “Lawmakers Feel Pressure On Guns”

State and Local Coverage from: Florida, New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and California

A GVRO allows family members or law enforcement to petition a judge for the temporary removal of guns from people who are established to be a threat to themselves or others. Five states already have versions of the measure, which at least one study has shown saves lives.

More background is available from Giffords on gun violence restraining orders (also known “Gun Violence Protective Orders,” “Extreme Risk Protective Orders” (ERPO), and “Red Flag Laws”).