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Washington Legislature passes, sends governor bump stock ban

A bump stock device that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed, making it similar to a fully automatic rifle, is shown here at a gun store on October 5, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

OLYMPIA, Wash.  — The Washington Legislature has passed a bill to ban trigger devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly.

The Senate voted 31-18 Tuesday to accept changes made by the House, which passed the bill on a 56-41 vote Friday after the chamber accepted an amendment that would allow the Washington State Patrol to set up a “buy back” program for people who already own the devices, known as bump stocks.

The measure now heads to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee, who is expected to sign it.

The move to ban the devices came in response to last October’s mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and left hundreds more injured. The ban would make it illegal for anyone in Washington to manufacture or sell bump stocks beginning July 1. In July 2019, it would become illegal to own or possess a bump stock in Washington.