In the wake of the tragic shooting in Douglas County on Dec. 31, we have learned that law enforcement officials had considered taking action to reduce the possibility of this sort of event some time before it happened, but there had been no actual criminal behavior on which to act. If Colorado had the appropriate laws, there is an approach that could have been taken — Extreme Risk Protection Orders. These statutes temporarily prohibit the purchase or possession of firearms by persons at increased risk of dangerous behavior. This tool uses civil law to enable law enforcement and families to intervene when individuals are behaving dangerously. Five states now have these laws in place — Connecticut, Indiana, California, Washington and, most recently, Oregon.