In 2019, Nevada enacted a law that enables certain individuals to petition a court to remove guns from a person in crisis.1 The law, called an order for protection against high-risk behavior, also referred to as an extreme risk protection order (ERPO), allows a law enforcement officer, or family or household member to file a petition demonstrating to a judge that an individual poses a danger to himself, herself, or others. If the court determines that the petitioner has met the standard of proof, it will issue an order that lasts up to one year. An individual subject to an ERPO must relinquish his or her guns to law enforcement and will be prohibited from possessing firearms for the duration of the order.
A temporary ERPO can be obtained without notice to the individual subject to the ERPO. This order can last up to seven days, before a hearing is held to determine whether a year-long order is appropriate.2
The petitioner can submit a request to hold a hearing to terminate the order early.3
Read more about these types of laws on our policy page, Extreme Risk Protection Orders.