In the wake of each tragic mass killing at schools, worksites, houses of worship, and entertainment venues, lawmakers continue to offer divisive policy choices: either curtail access to firearms or allow more guns in more places. We believe that a new policy called "extreme risk protection orders" (also called "red flag laws") can help break through this political paralysis.

Nearly everyone seems to agree that people at genuine risk of harming themselves or others should not have guns. Background checks alone will never fix this problem, because background checks catch only a fraction of the people who truly pose a risk. That's why bipartisan support is growing for laws authorizing judges to issue "extreme risk protection orders" that temporarily remove firearms from those at risk of harming someone.

Richard J. Bonnie & Jeffrey W. Swanson, Extreme Risk Protection Orders - Effective Tools for Keeping Guns out of Dangerous Hands, 37 Developments in Mental Health Law 2–6 (2018).