Newtown, CT — Yesterday, the New York state legislature passed, S. 2451 and A. 2689, part of a package of gun violence prevention measures to further strengthen the state’s gun laws, including a bill to establish Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs).
In response to this passage, Sandy Hook Promise, a leading national gun violence prevention organization, issued the following statement:
“Extreme Risk Protection Orders are a critical tool for law enforcement and families who are often the first to see the signs and signals of someone who may be violent and need a way to take action quickly to stop a tragedy before it happens. We applaud the New York state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo for making this a priority and passing this life-saving legislation,” says Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.
ERPOs allow law enforcement and family members to petition a judge to temporarily separate an individual from a firearm when they are at risk of harming themselves or someone else. ERPOs have been proven to help avert suicides and other acts of gun violence and have been passed in 13 other states. Sandy Hook Promise views ERPOs as a key part of ending the growing number of school shootings and overall epidemic of gun violence in our country.
About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. SHP is led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. SHP’s mission is to prevent gun violence and other forms of violence and victimization BEFORE they can happen by creating a culture of engaged youth and adults committed to identifying, intervening, and getting help for individuals who might be at risk of hurting themselves or others. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible program and policy solutions that address the “human-side” of gun violence by preventing individuals from ever getting to the point of picking up a firearm to hurt themselves or others. Our words, actions and impact nationwide are intended to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation. For more information, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org or call 203-304-9780.
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