ColumnsFirearm Injury Prevention and Extreme Risk Protection OrdersWortzel, Hal S. MD; Simonetti, Joseph A. MD, MPH; Ryan, Arthur T. PhD; Matarazzo, Bridget B. PsyD Author Information WORTZEL: Michael K. Cooper Professor of Neurocognitive Disease, Director of Neuropsychiatry, Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Neurology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Faculty for the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Colorado, and Director of Neuropsychiatric Services for the Rocky Mountain MIRECC, Aurora, CO SIMONETTI: Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Veterans Health Administration, and Division of Hospital Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO RYAN: Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Veterans Health Administration, and Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO MATARAZZO: Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Veterans Health Administration, and Departments of Psychiatry and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO Supported in part by the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center for Suicide Prevention within the Department of Veterans Affairs. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Veterans Administration or the US Government. The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Please send correspondence to: Hal S. Wortzel, MD, G3-185, 1700 North Wheeling Street, Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, Aurora, CO 80045 (e-mail: [email protected]). Journal of Psychiatric Practice: May 2022 - Volume 28 - Issue 3 - p 240-243 doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000631 Buy Metrics Abstract Extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs) represent a potential mechanism to facilitate firearm-related lethal means safety. ERPOs are a legal mechanism that enables law enforcement to temporarily remove firearms from, and prevent firearm purchase by, an individual who presents a significant danger to self or others, as determined by a court of law. While few jurisdictions currently allow mental health professionals to initiate ERPO petitions, it nonetheless seems important that clinicians be familiar with ERPOs, as clinicians may still serve an important role in disseminating information and facilitating judicious petitions. However, ERPO laws remain quite new, and the implications for mental health professionals when participating (directly or indirectly) in ERPOs remain unclear. This column introduces readers to ERPOs and offers resources to learn more about how ERPOs work across various jurisdictions. Copyright © 2022 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.