Swiss vote Sunday on weapons law


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Switzerland, Sunday, on the sale of semi-automatic weapons.

In Switzerland, there is Sunday, may 19, a referendum on a tightening of the rules for possession of firearms. The mood also seems to be a symbolic choice for or against Europe.

The possession of firearms in Switzerland is virtually undisputed. This is partly due to the strongly established tradition of schietsporten and the relatively low number of netherlands. However, to keep the Swiss on Sunday a referendum on this theme. They are voting for or against the ban on the sale of semi-automatic weapons.

The referendum is due in 2017 more stringent European arms export control in order to obtain firearms attacks more difficult. Although Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, the arms legislation about to take. Does this not, then would the Swiss, the schengen area should, in principle, leave. That primarily delivers major problems for the 300,000 commuters who daily cross the border.

William Tell

The tightening of the arms export control appears to be in Switzerland to turn over the question of whether the ban on semi-automatic weapons more safety hazard. Such a ban will in practice not really make much difference. Supporters will go and vote in order to avoid that Switzerland is in the schengen area must leave. Opponents want with their voice, understand their express displeasure about Brussels ‘ interference in their country. They want to make a parallel with the folk hero William Tell, the marksman six centuries ago, wars of political authority.

A poll by the daily newspaper 20 Minutes indicates that 56 percent of the voters for the tightening of the law will vote. In a previous referendum to the weapons act to strengthen, in 2011, they voted 56 percent against the proposed amendment.


Figures from 2017 to learn that more than a quarter of the Swiss when a registered firearm in possession (Small Arms Survey). In comparison: this is twice as many as in Belgium. The possession of these weapons is especially established by conscripts, men between 18 and 34 years old, their coat of arms to take home may take and can later maintain. Moreover, it is also the shooting, a strongly ingrained cultural understanding. Do so every year 4,000 children between 12 and 16 years participated in the folk Knabenschiessen in Zurich.

Despite the widespread possession of firearms there are – in contrast to, for example, the United States, relatively little netherlands in Switzerland. The last large-scale shootings dating back to 2001, when a man in the regioparlement in Zug 14 fatalities made. The swiss are allowed to have their weapon is not in the public wear and also for transit, strict rules apply.