010) Washington State Legislature , the ERPO Act "is designed to temporarily prevent individuals who are at high risk of harming themselves or others from accessing firearms by allowing family, household members, and police to obtain a court order when there is demonstrated evidence that the person poses a significant danger, including danger as a result of a dangerous mental health crisis or violent behavior.
However, when the Oregon state legislature was considering the ERPO bill, the National Rifle Association (NRA) in a statement said the bill "would allow people who are not mental health professionals, who may be mistaken, and who may only have minimal contact with the respondent to file a petition with the court and testify on the respondent's state of mind.
But Rosen said although it wouldn't be possible to estimate just how many cases of the mass shootings could have been avoided if ERPO was in place, but the law could give "another layer of protection.
Mass shooters often display warning signs before they carry out their attacks, and ERPO provides an opportunity for family members or law enforcement to intervene before a tragedy occurs," added Rosen.
There is no formal hearing, no opportunity for the subject of the ERPO to hear the accusations, face his accusers, or argue against the action until after police have barged into his home and seized his firearms.
These laws generally require no more justification than is required for an ERPO, but because they take the person into custody, they are seen as a much bigger deal.
While these laws are also problematic, they are already on the books, and they make the concept of an ERPO redundant, and comparatively anemic.