Gun regulation in Washington state | Letters

In November 2016, Washington state voters passed gun regulation Initiative 1491. The Washington state law allows firearms to be confiscated temporarily from any person deemed—by family members, friends or law enforcement — to be violent or emotionally distraught and in need of a mental health intervention. The bill was passed by 71 percent of the vote. Parents and others can petition the courts for an ERPO — an extreme risk protection order — and take away firearms from someone they fear is a danger to themselves or to others. Five states now have ERPO laws — also called gun-violence restraining orders. Such laws have not run afoul of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms because the court-ordered confiscations are temporary.

Beverly Leyman

Orcas Island