Texas HB 131 - Extreme Risk Protective Orders


Summary

Provides for an Extreme Risk Protective Order which may be filed by a member of the subject’s household, parent, guardian, or prosecuting attorney acting on behalf of law enforcement. The order would require the respondent to turn over any firearms they own or possess to law enforcement and potentially surrender their handgun license pending a hearing.

Ben Philpott, KUT:

HB 131 and SB 157 – State Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) and state Sen. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) filed bills in the House and Senate to allow courts to issue protective orders to prohibit an individual from owning, possessing or using a firearm – if that person's deemed a danger to himself or others. Family members, prosecuting attorneys and law enforcement officers can apply for the protective orders, and a judge may deem it necessary to restrict access after an examination from a mental health professional.