‘Red Flag’ Laws to Prevent Gun Violence Lack Public Awareness: California Study

‘Red Flag’ Laws to Prevent Gun Violence Lack Public Awareness: California Study

Photo by R via Flickr California’s gun violence restraining orders (GVROs) can help prevent firearm violence, but many Californians are largely unaware of how to obtain them―or even that they exist, according to the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis Health. The only way for the laws, known colloquially as “Red Flag Orders,” to protect potential perpetrators, their families, and the public from future harm, is for people to know how to use them, say the authors of the study, which was published in this month’s JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Forum. “With renewed interest in short-term crisis interventions to prevent firearm injury and death amid the COVID-19 pandemic—at a time when firearm purchasing has increased and conditions that elevate the risk of harm have worsened, [it is important] to identify opportunities to improve messaging and increase uptake of GVROs,” the study said. Two-thirds of a statistically representative sample of 2,870 Californians who participated in a July, 2020 survey conducted by the authors said they never heard of GVROs, even though they have been available for five years. California was the first state to introduce ”Red Flag” orders, also known as “Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs). They now exist in 19 states and the District of Columbia. On Monday, the Biden administration announced plans to prepare model legislation for states that wished to introduce similar orders, CNN reported. “Outside groups have collected studies that show that in states that have adopted these laws, there’s been, for […]

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