Swiss majority support for tighter gun restrictions

Switzerland is often cited as proof that many people having easy access to firearms can be safe, but a clear majority of Swiss support tighter gun laws that would bring them more into line with EU gun laws. Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but EU restrictions apply because Switzerland is part of Europe’s Schengen open-border system.

RNZ:  Swiss voters approve tighter gun laws

Swiss voters have agreed to adopt tighter gun controls in line with changes to European Union rules, heading off a clash with Brussels, projections for Swiss broadcaster SRF show.

The projections from the gfs.bern polling outfit saw the measure passing in the binding referendum by a comfortable 67-33 percent margin.

The restrictions, which apply to non-EU member Switzerland because it is part of Europe’s Schengen open-border system, had raised hackles among shooting enthusiasts ahead of the vote under the Swiss system of direct democracy.

After militants killed scores in Paris and elsewhere in 2015, the EU in 2017 toughened laws against purchasing semi-automatic rifles such as the ones used in those attacks, and made it easier to track weapons in national databases.

Opinion polls had shown Swiss voters backing the measure by a two-to-one margin.

The initial EU proposal provoked an outcry because it meant a ban on the Swiss tradition of ex-soldiers keeping their assault rifles. Swiss officials negotiated concessions for gun enthusiasts who take part in the country’s numerous shooting clubs, but any restrictions imported from the EU go too far for right-wing activists concerned about Swiss sovereignty.

Gun rights proponents complained the rules could disarm law-abiding citizens and encroach on Switzerland’s heritage and national identity, which includes a well- armed citizenry.

Switzerland has one of the highest rates of private gun ownership in Europe, with nearly 48 per cent of households owning a gun.

Switzerland has a relatively low crime rate, but easy access to firearms can still be a problem.

Switzerland’s rate of gun suicide, at 2.74 per 100,000, is the second highest in Europe. Gun control supporters claim the fact that guns are to hand at home in moments of desperation leads to suicides that could otherwise have been prevented.

I think it is highly debatable that half of Swiss households having firearms serves any useful purpose.

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  1. Corky

     /  20th May 2019

    If it ain’t broke why fix it? Oh, EU and the suicide rate. Again, what we see here is a dumbing down of the younger generation and the exploitation of Swiss peoples respect for law.

    It just shows the odious influence of the EU. And to think many Britain’s don’t want to leave.
    What hope is there for the world when even the level headed Swiss have lost the ability to see past their noses? None.

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    • Duker

       /  20th May 2019

      “If it ain’t broke why fix it?” Since it ‘broke’ in NZ you support our new gun restrictions?
      of course not . Its just one of those silly things you say.

      While Switzerland is part of the EU Free travel area, its not part of the EU Customs area , so customs checks do happen

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      • Corky

         /  20th May 2019

        “If it ain’t broke why fix it?” Since it ‘broke’ in NZ you support our new gun restrictions?
        Of course not! It’s just one of those silly things you say.

        Talking of silly things… our police were broke with there protocols..not gun owners. That`said, no amount of legislation is going to stop someone using a gun, knife or car to kill. Incidentally, I was the first to suggest Islamic militants and converts would start using vehicles as a weapon in the West should they not be able to source firearms. I worked that out because I live in the real world, unlike you.

        ”While Switzerland is part of the EU Free travel area, its not part of the EU Customs area , so customs checks do happen.”

        What has that got to do with the price of fish?

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        • Duker

           /  20th May 2019

          its mentioned in the story
          ‘The restrictions, which apply to non-EU member Switzerland because it is part of Europe’s Schengen open-border system, ”
          Which isnt strictly correct – open borders system, still includes customs checks but not passports. I presume that means you cant carry guns as luggage will be checked

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  20th May 2019

            ‘The price of fish’ ? I didn’t think that anyone in the 21st century still used that meaningless cliche; it’s one of the last resorts of someone who can’t come up with a sensible answer and thinks that this is the height of wit. .

            I doubt very much if you were the first person ever in the world (as it would have to be) to say that Islamic extremists would use cars as weapons because they couldn’t get guns. What utter rubbish. You don’t know that they didn’t have guns as you didn’t know who they were ! Do you actually believe these claims ? Or think that other people will ? The real world is outside, not inside your head.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  20th May 2019

              When and where did you make this statement ? Which country did you predict it would happen in ? What proof have you that you said it ? How did you know that it would happen ?

              What did you do about it ?

              The answer will, I suppose, be another pointless song from YouTube which will tell nobody anything.

  2. lurcher1948

     /  20th May 2019

    Wheres David Seymour,and Sean Plunket screeching,trying to appear as if anyone cares about their warped thoughts

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  20th May 2019

      Google David Seymour. Your ideas about him are completely wrong. He is opposed to a lot of government interference in people’s lives and believes in freedom of choice as long as the choice doesn’t harm anyone else. He is passionately opposed to pointless bureaucracy that interferes with people’s lives…you should hear him on the RMA !

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