UPDATE: Swiss reject stricter guns laws
Swiss voters came out strongly in favor of their right to bear arms Sunday, with a clear majority rejecting a plan by churches and women’s groups to tighten the Alpine nation’s liberal gun laws.
Official results showed more than half of Switzerland’s 26 cantons (states) voted against the proposal to ban army rifles from homes and impose new requirements for buying other guns.
“This is an important sign of confidence in our soldiers,” said Pius Segmueller, a lawmaker with the Christian People’s Party and former commander of the Vatican’s Swiss Guard. Washington Times
Opponents of an initiative aimed at restricting access to firearms say the proposal goes against Swiss values and makes false promises.
Looks like the Swiss are in for a big decision. The Americans will not be around the next time to bail them out. Think about it. Good luck with your nationwide vote in February.
Here is a link to a great Swiss slide show and Photos: Here
Representatives of four centre-right and rightwing parties told a news conference the initiative by a broad alliance of NGOs and centre-left parties was disempowering law-abiding citizens and members of the militia army.
They said existing measures to fight abuses are sufficient.
“The Swiss gun law is very strict; let us not create unnecessary new ones,” said Jakob Büchler of the Christian Democrats.
In a newspaper interview Defence Minister Ueli Maurer argued that women are more likely to approve the initiative because of an inability to handle firearms.
The initiative, which wants to ban army-issue firearms from households and set up a nationwide arms register, will go to a nationwide vote on February 13.
More at: Urs Swiss info