News from Switzerland
1. The Swiss Army is now letting members who have completed their service take home the latest assault rifle, the SIG 90, provided they pay to make it semiauto only. Previously they were only allowed to take home the earlier SIG 57.
2. The Swiss cabinet has recommended to the legislature that they conform to the European Union's Schengen accord, by instituting a system where all firearms acquisitions are reported to the government, and apparently some manner of permit is required (although the grounds for issuance sound broad). Enough signatures have been collected in opposition to require the matter to be put to a public referendum, and opposition is forming.
"provided they pay to make it semiauto only"
I was under the impression that there were no restrictions on posession of a machine gun in Switzerland by law abiding citizens? I heard long ago that all reservists were required to keep their rifles and ammo at home, and that those rifles were select fire...
Sad to see the antis successful even in Switzerland, at least to some extent.
Posted by: Mark at January 16, 2006 12:59 AM