Maryland Gov. Signs Ban on Bump Stocks, Among Other Gun Regulations

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed three new gun regulations into law Tuesday, including a ban on so-called “bump stocks.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed three new gun regulations into law Tuesday, including a ban on so-called “bump stocks.”

 

Introduced to the Maryland legislature in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year, the bill would prohibit even the possession of “bump stocks,” devices used to accelerate fire in semiautomatic weapons.

 

Hogan also signed a bill creating Extreme Risk Protection Orders, which would allow family members to ask a judge to order the seizure of a gun from a person believed to be planning to hurt themselves or someone else. Sometimes referred to as “red flag” laws, these bills burst into the mainstream in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

 

A third bill Hogan signed would require defendants convicted of certain domestic violence offenses to provide proof that they do not possess a gun. 

Natalie previously covered immigrant communities and environmental justice as a bilingual reporter at CityLab and CityLab Latino. She hails from the Los Angeles area and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English literature.