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Legal Information: Virginia

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
December 13, 2020

Who can file for a substantial risk order?

A law enforcement agency or an attorney for the state can file for an extreme risk protection order if the respondent poses a significant risk of causing personal injury to himself/herself or another person by having or getting a firearm.1

If you are a person who is concerned about the safety of someone else but cannot file to have his/her firearms removed, you may be able to speak to a law enforcement officer or agency to let them know of your concern and ask that they file for an extreme risk protection order to have the firearms removed.

1 VA Code § 19.2-152.13(A)