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Maryland GOP governor signs gun-violence legislation into law

Greg Nash

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday signed a series of bills aimed at addressing gun violence into law.

The bills include a ban on “bump stocks” and a so-called red flag law, which makes it easier for law enforcement to take guns away from individuals deemed to be dangerous, according to HuffPost.

Hogan praised the legislation package as a series of “common-sense, bipartisan measures that will keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and those with criminal backgrounds,” the news outlet reported.

{mosads}The package also included increased restrictions on gun purchases for domestic abusers and $5 million in funding for gun violence prevention programs.

The state has had a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines since 2013, according to HuffPost.

After the Parkland, Fla., school shooting in February, Hogan came out against President Trump’s plan to arm teachers and vowed to fund school safety measures in the state.

The governor, who is up for reelection this year, again called for action on gun violence after a March school shooting in Maryland.

Hogan’s actions follow similar measures in Oregon, Vermont and Ohio amid the renewed national conversation on gun violence.

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