Ban on army firearms at home wins support in Switzerland

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 24 Apr 2007 11:50:26 GMT  <== RKBA ==> 

swissinfo - if the Swiss hoplophobes get their way, which appears likely, we may soon no longer have Switzerland to reference as a place where the militia defends the country. Hopefully, they'll have a really hard time enforcing such a ban. And it won't surprise me if somebody decides to invade. [kimdutoit]

Nearly two thirds of the people interviewed came out against storing personal assault rifles and guns in private households.

Under Swiss law all able-bodied men are issued with a rifle and 50 rounds of ammunition which they can keep after completing their compulsory military service.

An estimated 1.6 million firearms are in circulation in Switzerland and about 300 people are killed every year by standard issue weapons.

The latest survey, carried out by the Isopublic research institute last week, found that 65.6 per cent of citizens would vote for a ban. Among women it was 75 per cent.

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