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Following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, New Jersey passed an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law that enables individuals who are most likely to notice the warning signs of violence– family and household members and law enforcement officers– to petition a court to remove guns from a person in crisis.1 If the court determines that the person (known as a “respondent”) poses a significant risk of harm to himself, herself, or others, it will issue an order prohibiting the respondent from purchasing or possessing guns for one year. An individual subject to an ERPO must relinquish his or her guns to law enforcement.2

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  1. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:58-20 et seq.[]
  2. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:58-26(b).[]