Extreme Risk Protection Order (Red Flag Law)

An Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) is a civil order issued by a court when someone is at risk of violence to self (including suicide) or others.  A person with an ERPO cannot purchase, own, or possess guns while the order is in place.

State laws often do not provide a clear legal authority to restrict access to guns before a tragedy occurs, even when it is clear that an individual is at risk of suicide, or harm to self or others.  ERPO laws provide a legal means, using a civil process, to prevent potential tragedies.