If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide or other gun violence,

an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) is a tool that may help prevent a crisis from turning into a tragedy.

There is something you can do.

An ERPO allows family/household members or law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily remove a person’s access to firearms when there is evidence that individual is likely to harm themselves or others.

How it Works

File a Petition

The petitioner fills out forms, which are reviewed by a judge. If satisfied, the judge issues a Temporary ERPO that orders the removal of the firearms from the restrained person.

Guns are Removed

Law enforcement notifies the restrained person (the respondent) of the petition and, if applicable, removes any guns and concealed pistol licenses.

Attend the Hearing

The petitioner and the respondent attend a hearing to determine if the Temporary ERPO should be extended for a full year.

Extension or Renewal

The petitioner can ask the court for renewal about three months before the ERPO expires by coming to the courthouse and filling out paperwork.

How to File

Frequently Asked Questions

What can it do?

An ERPO is essentially a restraining order that prohibits the person from owning, possessing, or receiving a firearm or concealed pistol license.

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Should I get one?

If you are fearful that someone you know may be in danger of using a firearm to hurt themselves or others, you can file for an ERPO.

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Where do I start?

To get an ERPO, you must file a petition in the county where either you or the person at risk of violence lives.

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I have been served with an ERPO.


What do i do now?

I am a law enforcement officer.


Where can I get Information?