Brooklyn officials back bill removing guns from people likely to hurt self or others
Two Brooklyn officials are sponsoring a bill that would take guns away from people found by a court to be likely to seriously harm themselves or others.
Called Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO), the measure would be similar to an order of protection for victims of domestic violence, according to state Sen. Brian Kavanagh (Brooklyn waterfront, lower Manhattan), co-sponsor of the senate version of the bill with state Sen. Brad Hoylman from Manhattan. Sponsoring the bill in the Assembly is Jo Anne Simon (Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill).
The bill (S7133/A8976) would allow family members or law enforcement officials to petition a state court to issue an order preventing the accused person from buying or possessing guns — even before any actual crime is committed.
If the court agrees the accused is likely to harm themselves or others, they would be required to surrender their guns, and police would be sent to search their home or apartment in order to confiscate their firearms.