MANHATTAN—Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV), members of American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention (ASLGVP), and the Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence have convened here in a national summit on gun violence prevention.
At the conclusion of the summit on Tuesday, April 4th, prosecutors, state legislators, and police will formally announce a multi-state effort to enact state legislation in two key areas:
Proposals in 20 states to create Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO), which enable family and law enforcement to prevent gun tragedies by petitioning a court to temporarily restrict access to firearms for individuals who are at risk of hurting themselves or others.
Bills in 5 states to enact stronger laws aimed at removing guns from domestic abusers.
Both of these initiatives are based on strong empirical evidence from experts in gun violence and public health regarding circumstances that lead to a heightened risk of gun violence, and practical steps that can be taken to prevent it.
"Keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and those in crisis will save lives," said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, co-chair of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence. "Prosecutors, law enforcement and legislators join in supporting these commonsense gun violence prevention measures because they're based on solid evidence. These