Switzerland: Campaigners digest result of vote on gun laws

In Switzerland, a broad coalition of organisations and political parties said they were disappointed but not defeated after a majority of 56% voted against an initiative to introduce stricter gun laws on 9 February. This would have sought a ban on storing military firearms in private homes, established a national firearms registry, and outlawed the sale of automatic weapons. The coalition argued that the easy availability of guns has contributed to Switzerland’s rate of gun-related suicides being the highest in Europe. The Group for a Switzerland without an Army said, “The result shows that the need to restrict the availability of weapons has a lot of support in the public. We thank with all our hearts all activists who have been committed to this campaign”. More