Extreme Risk Protection Order/Red Flag Laws
When a person is in crisis and considering harming themselves or others, they often exhibit clear warning signs. Family members and law enforcement are usually the first people to see these signs.
NJ is fortunate to be one of 19 states nationwide with an Extreme Risk Protective Order law in place. This law empowers loved ones or law enforcement to intervene and temporarily prevent someone in crisis from accessing firearms. These laws, sometimes referred to as “red flag” laws, can help de-escalate emergency situations. They are a proven way to intervene before an incident of gun violence—such as a firearm suicide or mass shooting—occurs and takes more lives.
The federal government offers 24/7 call, text, and chat access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing suicidal, substance use, and/or mental health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress. Dial 988 to receive immediate support. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
One Thing You Can Do
Letter from Chief Schiavone