He lost his guns due to a 'red flag.' Now he's speaking up
In December, OPB published a story looking at how Oregon's 2-year-old extreme risk protection order law was being used. The orders, known as ERPOs or red flags, allow law enforcement and family to petition a court to remove someone's firearms if they are in danger of hurting themselves or others.
In that story, we spoke to Diane Haggard, a mother who petitioned a judge for an ERPO after she became worried her son Josh might take his own life.
She said that Josh became depressed and started drinking in late 2017.
In February 2018, he shot himself in the leg and Diane said he confided that he had been trying to take his own life. Diane petitioned for the ERPO soon after.
The law allows a respondent to challenge an order within 30 days, but Josh said he didn't understand that at the time. Eventually, Josh convinced his mom to have the order lifted.
Initially, Josh didn't want to be interviewed, but, after the story aired, he changed his mind.
Click here to read the full Q-and-A with Josh by OPB, a news partner of the Portland Tribune.
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