An ERPO requires temporary removal of guns from the person identified in the petitioned order. (An ERPO is a civil petition.) That petitioned individual is also prohibited from firearm purchases for the duration of the ERPO. This creates safer circumstances for the individual to seek treatment, stabilize their behavior, and access resources to address the underlying causes of their potentially dangerous behavior to themselves or others. A temporary ERPO (TERPO) can last up to 14 days. A continuing ERPO lasts one-year (with a renewal option) after a court hearing.
Note: The 2019 ERPO Law was recently expanded after signature April 28, 2023.
Law Enforcement Officers (must be POST-certified – Peace Officer Standard Training):
Community Members (direct professional relationship, who has interacted with the respondent in last six months):
You may also contact your local sheriff or police department to inform them of an unsafe situation. If you are in danger, call 9-1-1.
Have questions about ERPO? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our staff will follow up with you.
Video Note: As of April 28, 2023, household members can file an ERPO in * County where a reported incident occurred * County where either the petitioner or respondent resides * County where either the petitioner or respondent is employed. All other petitioners must file in the county where the respondent resides.