The US administration on Tuesday banned the “bump stocks”, these devices that modify a semi-automatic weapon in order to fire in a burst as with an automatic weapon and which was used in particular the shooter of Las Vegas, where 58 people have were killed in October 2017.
Weapon owners with such devices have 90 days to surrender or destroy them.
The proposal was put forward last March by the Justice Department on the eve of a day of mobilization for tougher control over firearms.
Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas killer who also injured several hundred, used “bump stocks”, which allowed him to shoot hundreds of rounds per minute. The police believe that without this simple device to buy and mount on a weapon, the death toll would have been lower.
The decision on Tuesday at the federal level is already in force in a large number of states and applied by dealers who responded to another killings, that of Parkland High School in Florida, where 17 people lost the life last February.