The legislation, (H.3610) was reported favorably out of the Public Safety Committee and will now head to House Ways & Means Committee. We will update with more information as soon as possible. At this time we have no timeline on when the bill might come up for vote again.
Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Legislation On The Move At State House – Please Call Your State Legislators Immediately!
GOAL has learned that the ERPO legislation, H.3610 An Act temporarily preventing firearm access for extremely dangerous or suicidal individuals, filed by Representative Marjorie Decker (D) of Cambridge will receive an up or down vote by weeks end by the members of the Joint Committee on Public Safety & Homeland Security.
This legislation is extremely cruel and dangerous. If passed, it would allow for cruel and extremely dangerous treatment of people who may or may not have severe mental health issues. It is extraordinarily unfair for the state to treat a person who may be going through a temporary crisis in the same manner as a person that may be so mentally ill that he or she is a potential mass murderer. To make matters worse, any person named in one of these orders would be deprived of their civil rights. The state would haul them into court and fast track seizure of any firearms they legally own. Following the court appearance and firearms seizure, they would be set free, back into society with no medical help and no structured support system.
Today, please call your state legislators at the Massachusetts State House, 617-722-2000 (click here to look up your legislator’s direct phone number). Please ask your legislator to call the Public Safety Committee today, and urge them to vehemently oppose H.3610. Ask your legislators not to support legislation that would harm those in need of just a little counseling while allowing dangerous individuals to roam our neighborhoods and schools!
Harming good people and setting potential killers loose is not an answer, it is a tremendous problem.