Senator Marco Rubio is bringing focus to the “Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act.”
In a bipartisan effort, the bill seeks to “dedicate Department of Justice funds to incentivize states to give law enforcement the authority to prevent individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others the ability to purchase or possess firearms, while still providing due process protections.”
The bill was first introduced in March 2018 after the Parkland shooting and, reintroducing it again this week, Senator Rubio highlighted its importance by saying that “A gun violence restraining order is one of the most effective policies we can put in place to prevent another tragedy like Parkland. We can help keep our schools and communities safe by empowering law enforcement or family members to use the judicial system to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. This idea has already proven successful in states like Florida, and it is my hope that this bill will get other states to do the same.”
After the tragic shooting at Marjury Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida lawmakers rushed to answer the call of keeping citizens safe from a similar event happening again.
Fellow Republican Senator Susan Collins also cosponsored the bill with Rubio, and she shared her thoughts on why it’s important for this legislation to be signed into law.
Further explaining the benefit of this bill, she argued that “Gun violence is a problem that affects far too many communities across the country. Family members and law enforcement officers are often in the best position to identify when someone poses an immediate threat to themselves or others, but in many cases they are unable to intervene before it is too late. Our bipartisan legislation would provide a way for them to temporarily prevent dangerous individuals from possessing firearms. Several states already have ‘red flag’ laws, which enhance gun safety while retaining important due process protections and preserving the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”