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A Multi-State Evaluation of Extreme Risk Protection Orders: Implementation, Outcomes, and Jurisdictional Variations

Overview

This study will examine extreme risk protection order (ERPO) laws, characteristics of ERPO petitions, factors associated with petitions being granted or denied, and violence outcomes within and across 6 states—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, and Washington—chosen to represent varying policy and cultural contexts.

Status

Awarded

Purpose

ERPOs are a relatively new legal tool to reduce gun violence risk through temporarily suspending a high-risk individual’s ability to access guns. This study will provide empirical evidence on how ERPOs are being used and whether ERPO laws are associated with reduced suicide risk.

Approach

To conduct this multi-state study, we will collect and code ERPO petitions and orders in each of six states in terms of respondent demographics, petitioner type, type of harm feared (to self and/or others), dangerous behaviors, access to firearms, and court decisions. We will use clustering models and logistic regressions to identify factors associated with ERPOs being filed and granted. We will also conduct outcomes analyses at the ecological level, analyzing the outcome of firearm suicide. Mental health and psychiatric data available in three states will allow us to conduct individual-level outcomes analyses on mental health outcomes.

Significance

All but two of the existing 19 state ERPO laws have been enacted since 2015, and we have scant evidence on these policies. This study is the most comprehensive and ambitious project on ERPOs to date and will provide the public, including stakeholders and policy makers, with greater insight into their use and effect.

Investigator Bios

April Zeoli is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on impacts of state-level firearm laws on homicide and their implementation at the local level. She is primarily interested in firearm policies that restrict high-risk individuals from purchase and possession of guns and those that facilitate the implementation of firearm restriction policies. Dr. Zeoli is one of the nation’s leading experts on domestic violence-related firearm laws.

Shannon Frattaroli is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and core faculty with the Center for Gun Policy and Research. Her research focuses on policy strategies to prevent injury and violence with particular attention to implementation. She is involved in efforts to advance the implementation of and scholarship about ERPO laws that provide a process for temporarily dispossessing people of their firearms when they are behaving dangerously.

Grant Amount
$1,357,336
Award Type
Research
Organization
Michigan State University and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Investigators
April M. Zeoli, associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University; and Shannon Frattaroli, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Expected Completion Date
September 2022
Year Awarded
2020
Focus Areas
Policy Analysis