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Bump stock ban given final approval in Md.

An employee of a North Carolina gun shop demonstrates how a bump stock works in February 2013. It’s unclear whether bump stocks fall under a federal law that indemnifies manufacturers of guns and ammunition as well as ‘a component part of a firearm or ammunition’ from litigation. (Allen Breed/AP file photo)

An employee of a North Carolina gun shop demonstrates how a bump stock works in February 2013. It’s unclear whether bump stocks fall under a federal law that indemnifies manufacturers of guns and ammunition as well as ‘a component part of a firearm or ammunition’ from litigation. (Allen Breed/AP file photo)

ANNAPOLIS — A ban on devices that can increase a semi-automatic rifle’s firing rate has cleared the Maryland General Assembly.

The bill was approved by the Senate on Wednesday, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan who has said he will sign it.

The measure bans bump stocks. They can make a semi-automatic rifle’s firing rate nearly fully automatic.

Bump stocks were used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year that killed 58 people and wounded more than 800.

The measure is one of a variety of gun bills considered in the General Assembly this year. Another bill that has been advancing would enable judges to order people to temporarily give up their weapons, if they are found to pose an immediate threat. The measured is referred to as “red flag” legislation.