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December 3, 2020

Who can file for an extreme risk protection order?

You can file for an extreme risk protection order if the respondent poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to himself/herself or others in the near future by having, purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm. Additionally, to file for an extreme risk protection order, you must be the respondent’s family or household member or a law enforcement officer or agency.1 You are considered a member of the respondent’s family or household if you and the respondent are:

  • related by blood, marriage, or adoption;
  • dating partners;
  • parents to the same child regardless of whether you were married to the respondent or lived with the respondent at any time;
  • living together, or have lived together within the past year;
  • domestic partners;
  • in a biological or legal parent-child relationship, including step-parents and step-children and grandparents and grandchildren; or
  • in a legal guardian relationship – in other words, where you are or were the respondent’s legal guardian.2

1 Wash. Code § 7.94.030(1)
2 Wash. Code § 7.94.020(2)