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Maryland governor announces funds for school safety

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced plans to commit an additional $125 million to make schools safer from violence like shootings.

Hogan said Wednesday the money would be used to accelerate and enhance improvements such as secure doors and windows, metal detectors, security cameras and panic buttons.

The Republican governor also says he will commit an additional $50 million a year in new school safety grants to supplement and improve state and local school safety efforts.

Hogan outlined the plans at a news conference on the same day state lawmakers held a hearing on a bill to ban bump stocks. Those are devices that can increase a semi-automatic rifle’s firing rate to nearly fully automatic. Hogan said he supports the ban.

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