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Massachusetts became the first state to enact a ban on bump stocks following the mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival.
Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito signed the bill Friday in her capacity as acting governor because Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is on vacation in California.
A bump stock can make a semi-automatic rifle mimic the firing actions of a fully automatic weapon.
Earlier in the day, the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts, an affiliate of the National Rifle Association, called on Baker to veto the bump stock ban, Fox 25 Boston reported. Among other objections, the group said the potential penalties for possession of the devices were too harsh.
“The provision passed by the legislature … allows for excessive punishment including life imprisonment, with a minimum sentence of 18 months, for the mere possession of these accessories,” said the group.
Authorities investigating the