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Sun Aug 7, 2022, 03:05 PM

To prevent tragedies, police see extreme risk orders as 'the safest tool'

EVERETT — A man seeking to commit a mass shooting. A suicidal woman trying to buy a pistol. A man pointing a gun at his dad at a birthday party.

Those are a few of the reasons Snohomish County judges have ordered locals surrender their guns in the past few years.

Advocates say the mandates, known as extreme risk protection orders, have gone wildly under-used as a tool to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of people threatening violence against themselves or others.

State Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, noted “ERPOs” are tools that weren’t available in the decades when he was a state trooper and later Snohomish County sheriff.


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