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Title of Proposal:

Support gun violence protective order legislation

On behalf of:       

American College of Physicians, Virginia Chapter

Describe the Idea or Issue:

More than 33,000 people were killed in 2014 by firearms by either suicide or homicide. This represents a major public health problem that needs to be addressed. Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO) allow law enforcement to remove guns from persons who are a threat of violence to themselves or others. This concept arose in 2013 by the Consortium for Risk Based Firearms Policy, using an evidence based approach. GVROs have been enacted in states such as Connecticut and Indiana, and have been shown to result in decreased deaths from gun violence. HB 1758, a bill that sought to enact GVROs in Virginia, was proposed in the 2017 legislative session by representative Sullivan. It unfortunately was left in the Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee. The American College of Physicians, Virginia Chapter, strongly supports re-proposing this legislation in the 2018 session. Our organization participated in a gun violence symposium with the American Bar Association in 2016, where we heard from physicians, pastors, and law enforcement officials on the importance of dealing with the public health crisis of gun violence in Virginia. We ask that the Medical Society of Virginia support this proposed legislation as a step towards decreasing gun related suicides and homicides.

Desired Outcome:

Support GVRO legislation such as HB 1758

Background/Supporting Information:

  • “Extreme Risk Protective Orders: An Opportunity to Save Lives in Washington”, The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
  • “Prosecutors, State Legislators, Law Enforcement Join Forces to Push for Common Sense Gun Laws; Keeping Guns Out of the Hands of Domestic Abusers and People at Risk”
  • 2017 Virginia House Bill No. 1758

Additional background materials in appendix.

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