Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris Men's Fall/Winter 2015, freedom of speech triumphs

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Davos 2015: Businesses 'cautiously optimistic' in Japan

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Twitter storm as IMF boss Christine Lagarde hails Saudi King Abdullah as 'strong advocate of women'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

DR CONGO: Senate amends controversial constitutional law

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Pope Family Planning: Heated Debate over Pontiff's 'Rabbit' Comments (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Saudi King Abdullah Dies: Succession, Stability and Youth in Question (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France tackles terror

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO of Schneider Electric: 'France is on a better track'

Read more

DEBATE

Davos debate: Can big business agree on climate deal? (part 2)

Read more

Europe

Swiss voters to decide on proposal to tighten gun control

Video by Mairead DUNDAS

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-02-13

Swiss citizens vote in a referendum on Sunday on whether to introduce new restrictions to the nation's liberal laws on firearms, including imposing new requirements for the purchase of certain weapons.

AP - Swiss citizens vote Sunday on whether to tighten the Alpine nation’s liberal firearms laws.

Traditionalists fiercely oppose the plan to ban army rifles from homes and impose new requirements for buying other guns.
 
Proponents see it as a way to reduce domestic violence and Switzerland’s high rate of firearms suicide.
 
But the government says existing laws are sufficient to ensure some 2.3 million mostly military weapons in a country of less than 8 million people aren’t misused.
 
Many Swiss have already voted by post. The outcome of the referendum is expected to be decided by the turnout among young people and women who generally favor the ban.
 
A majority of Switzerland’s 26 cantons (states) must also approve the plan.

Date created : 2011-02-13

  • SWITZERLAND

    Swiss approve automatic expulsion of foreign criminals

    Read more

COMMENT(S)