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Gun politics in Switzerland

A militiaman on his way home from mandatory shooting practice, taking care of an errand with his service weapon slung over his shoulder. The weapon is unloaded and has been checked as so upon leaving the shooting range. Carrying ammunition is strictly forbidden. A "shooting society" somewhere in Switzerland; people come to such ranges to complete mandatory training with service arms, or to shoot for fun.

Ready ammunition of the Swiss Army. Every soldier equipped with the Sig 550 assault rifle is issued 50 rounds of ammunition in a sealed box, to be opened only upon alert. The ammunition is then loaded into the rifle magazine for use by the militiaman should any needs arise while he is en route to join his unit. Any other use than this, or even unsealing is strictly forbidden.The gun policy in Switzerland is unique in Europe. The personal weapon of militia personnel is kept at home as part of the military obligations. This, in addition to liberal gun laws and strong shooting traditions, has led to a very high gun count per capita.

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  Army-related arms
The Swiss army has long been a militia trained and structured to rapidly respond against foreign aggression. Swiss males grow up expecting...
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  Number of guns in circulation
In some 2001 statistics, it is noted that there are about 420,000 assault rifles stored at private homes, mostly SIG 550 types. Additionally,...
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  Carrying guns
To carry firearms in public or outdoors (and for an individual who is a member of the Auszug or the militia carrying a firearm other...
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  Conditions for getting a Carrying Permit
There are three conditions: - fulfilling the conditions for a buying permit (see section below) - stating plausibly the need...
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  Buying guns
To purchase a firearm in a commercial shop, one needs to have a Waffenerwerbsschein (weapon buying permit). A permit allows the purchase...
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  Black powder
A Swiss 100 gram black powder container.Switzerland is the only country in which it is lawful to make your own black powder, as only...
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