Northern Virginia Congressman Don Beyer (D) is among sponsors of a bill that would provide for restraining orders to be issued against gun owners suspected of being a threat to themselves or others.
The Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, introduced by Beyer, Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-CA), and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) is seeing rising support in the House of Representatives this week, according to Beyer, who said in a press release that he others are actively seeking Republican cosponsors.
The measure is in response to rising outrage over the series of school shootings, most recently the Parkland, Fla., shooting that left 17 students and faculty members dead.
“Americans are grappling today with the fact that multiple warning signs failed to stop a young man from killing 17 students and teachers at a Florida school,” said Rep. Don Beyer in a prepared statement released Feb. 15. “The Gun Violence Restraining Order Act is designed to prevent people who pose a threat to themselves or others from having access to guns; it is already saving lives in the states which have adopted it. After yesterday’s shooting Congress should immediately take up and pass this bill to extend these protections to the whole country.”
Support for the measure is gathering support among some conservatives, Beyer said. In the past few days, gun violence restraining orders (GVROs) have been written about favorably in the National Review, and supported by Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, among others.
A GVRO allows family members or law enforcement to petition a judge for the temporary removal of guns from people who are established to be a threat to themselves or others. Five states already have versions of the measure, which at least one study has shown saves lives.
More background is available from Giffords on gun violence restraining orders (also known “Gun Violence Protective Orders,” “Extreme Risk Protective Orders” (ERPO), and “Red Flag Laws”).