Swiss gun culture under fire in Sunday referendum.

Doctors, churches and women's groups are pushing to tighten Switzerland's…

Doctors, churches and women’s groups are pushing to tighten Switzerland’s liberal gun laws — a move that opponents say could kill off village shooting clubs or even cripple the country’s citizen militia.

A referendum on Sunday pits a cross-party coalition of gun skeptics against thousands of shooting enthusiasts in this Alpine nation — a country of 8 million people and 2.3 million guns.

Backers argue that forcing army-issued guns to be stored in military depots would cut down on Switzerland’s high number of gun suicides. Opponents claim law-abiding citizens are being unfairly targeted.

The vote is expected to be decided by the turnout among women and young people — groups who largely favor the proposed restrictions.

Source: The Associated Press

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  • cc19

    “Backers argue that forcing army-issued guns to be stored in military depots would cut down on Switzerland’s high number of gun suicides.”

    How is that going to prevent a determined individual to commit suicide via other means? Passing this sort of law is akin to giving a terminally ill patient a lollipop thinking it will all turn out just fine.

  • Tiny Switzerland has been infected by an anti gun virus. I pray that they can survive.