Wednesday was the second anniversary of the effective date of New Jersey’s landmark Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) Act. In that time, according to acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck, more than 300 ERPOs have been issued, likely preventing countless gun-violence-related tragedies and saving lives.
The ERPO Act was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy in June 2018 and went into effect on Sept. 1, 2019. The legislation created a process by which a family or household member or law enforcement officer can apply for a court order against someone who presents a significant danger to themselves or others by possessing or purchasing a firearm. If an ERPO is issued, it prohibits that individual from possessing or purchasing a firearm or ammunition and from holding any firearm identification cards or permits.
Since September 2019, a total of 726 ERPO requests have been filed; of those, the courts have granted 325 permanent or “final” ERPOs.