On July 3rd, 2018 Governor Baker signed into law H.4670, An Act Relative to Firearms. This bill is a version of an Extreme Risk Protective Order, which Pioneer Valley March For Our Lives advocated for since the bill's original form (H.3610). Below you can read a bit more about what this law does!
Version of an Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO).
Allows household members, law enforcement officials, medical professionals, and attorneys file an ERPO for an individual.
Within 10-14 days, a hearing occurs where the person filing for the ERPO and the individual present cases.
If the Court finds the individual presents a clear and present danger; a Extreme Risk Protective Order is issued.
If the ERPO is issued, the individual is prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm for 1 year.
After 1 year, the ERPO can be renewed.
How we got here
According to former Rep. Solomon Goldstein-Rose the bill was "the bill I’ve gotten the most outreach from constituents in support of this session [190th].” Why? We had calling parties during every walkout and at the Pioneer Valley March For Our Lives. In the end, we sent over 500 petition signatures in favor Extreme Risk Protective Orders to the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Rep. Harold P. Naughton.