ZURICH (Reuters) – Two of out three Swiss voters support tightening gun controls in line with changes to European Union rules, a poll released on Friday showed, potentially heading off a clash with Brussels.
The restrictions, which apply to non-EU member Switzerland because it is part of Europe’s Schengen open-border system, have raised hackles among Swiss shooting enthusiasts ahead of a binding referendum on May 19.
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Failure to adopt the rules could force Switzerland to leave the passport-free Schengen zone and the Dublin joint system for handling asylum requests.
After militants killed scores in Paris and elsewhere in 2015, the EU in 2017 toughened laws against purchasing semi-automatic rifles like the ones used in those attacks, and made it easier to track weapons in national databases.
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Friday’s gfs.bern poll for broadcaster SRF showed 66 percent of eligible voters questioned support tougher gun controls while 33 percent opposed the change. The margin of error was 2.9 percentage points.
The initial EU proposal provoked an outcry because it meant a ban...
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