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Switzerland rejects tighter gun control

Author: VOANews Date: Sun, Feb 13 2011 4 Comments, 5189 Views
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Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to tighten the country’s liberal firearms laws.

Early results from a referendum Sunday show at least 14 of the Alpine nation’s 26 cantons (states) voting against proposals to ban army rifles from homes and impose new requirements for buying firearms.

Popular referenda in Switzerland require a majority of votes in a majority of cantons to pass.

A coalition of non-governmental groups, religious organizations and center-left parties backed the measure as a way to reduce domestic violence and suicide by firearms.

But the government argued existing laws were sufficient to prevent the misuse of more than 2 million mostly military weapons in a country of 7.8 million residents.

Members of Switzerland’s militia are allowed to keep their military weapons at home, so they can mobilize quickly in response to any threat.

Source: VOANews.com

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    • Anonymous
      Novista Rating:
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      #4 04, 09, Thu, Feb 17 2011

      Well, I'm in the land of oz, and it took a while for my vote. Bureaucracy, regulations, safety training -- but I am now a licensed owner of a rifle.

      Next step, apply for handgun certification.

    • Anonymous
      Patriot 2011 Rating:
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      #3 19, 10, Wed, Feb 16 2011

      In addition, unless the liberals and progressives, as they call themselves, learn about government, they will continue to falter with the concept that weapons are not just for the defense from government; as the Founding Fathers intended the Second Article of the Bill of Rights to be understood!

    • Anonymous
      Patriot 2011 Rating:
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      #2 19, 07, Wed, Feb 16 2011

      History has proven, unless we learn from the mistakes of the past, we are BOUND to repeat them!

    • Anonymous
      makka Rating:
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      #1 18, 01, Mon, Feb 14 2011

      I wish Australia had the luxury of a vote when it came to firearms

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