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GENEVA – As the promotion of arms reform continues to cause heated debate in the United States and elsewhere, Swiss popular civilian weapons have also lit

. citizens of such a heavily armed alpine nation will hold elections on 19 May to decide whether to adopt stricter arms control measures by the European Union.

Europe has long banned automatic weapons, as well as some semi-automatic US

In the Paris terrorist attacks, which claimed 130 lives, the EU made it difficult to legally purchase certain weapons in the 27 Member States. It has also developed stricter rules on licensing and registration of weapons.

Many in Switzerland are armed for these measures, arguing that stricter rules will not stop terrorism

"This is unnecessary regulation because none of the terrorist attacks in the EU legitimately legitimized the tightening of the legal weapon," said Luca Filippini, president of the Swiss shooting sports federation .

Shooting is a popular sport in Switzerland, where families are often seen on a range that includes guns. Switzerland will vote in 2019 19 May To decide if it should adopt stricter EU arms control rules . (Photo: Swiss Shooting Sports Federation)

New Zealand's restrictions were also adopted after March. Christchurch's terrorist attack, which killed 51 people. The country banned semi-automatic guns and military style weapons

And in Australia in 1997. The law banned certain semi-automatic and pumping weapons, forcing the owners to sell them to the government. This measure was taken after the killer postponed the fire with a semi-automatic firearm, shooting 35 dead people.

But in Switzerland since 2001. There was no mass shooting, though the weapons are everywhere like cheese and chocolate

. The Geneva Small Arms Survey has nearly 28 weapons per 100 inhabitants. However, other official sources indicate that this figure is much higher, as before Purchased firearms should not be recorded and should not be displayed in statistics.

In comparison, the United States has the largest number of weapons in the world with more than 120 firearms per 100 inhabitants.

Although recent attacks on Poway, California, North Carolina University Charlotte, and school shooting victory across the country, there have been many arms control discussions in the UK. The ownership of weapons in the states of Switzerland was not a controversial issue

This is because mass killings are rare and school shootings, which in this peaceful 8.5 million people in the country do not exist when weapons are deeply rooted in patriotic duties and at national level.

Every man must serve in the army, and their weapons, but not ammunition, are kept at home. Individuals with private weapons are free to purchase ammunition if their weapon is registered

"Responsible Arms Culture" – as Switzerland often refers to its intelligent approach to weapons – also means training to shoot and manage firearms from an early age.

Many young people belong to groups of local community weapons where they learn to shoot. They can test their skills in an annual shooting contest organized for children aged 13 to 17 who compete with army guns.

And it is unusual for all families to have a shooting range, rifles, shoulders lowered, or carried in a backpack.

Shooting is a popular sport in Switzerland, where families are often seen on the range carrying their guns. Switzerland will vote in 2019 19 May To decide if it should adopt stricter EU arms control rules . (Photo: Swiss Shooting Sports Federation)

However, despite the proliferation of firearms, the killing of weapons in this case is very low – 0.5 per 100,000 people, compared to about 5 in the United States, according to United Nations data. 19659007] However, with the upcoming referendum, Swiss weapons may face a mountain battle.

Although Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, it is part of a block Schengen agreement that allows people from 26 European countries to enter any country without passport control. This means that Switzerland must comply with the new EU restrictions on firearms if they want to stay without borders.

"Switzerland has committed itself to complying with these guidelines and is bound to adopt regulations," said Nicolas Haesler of the Social Democratic Party, who, along with most of the political groups in the country, support this move.

"" No "vote would encourage Switzerland to automatically exclude from the Schengen area with all the negative consequences for our security, economy and travel."

However, Filippini said that if the EU had the road, some shooting guns were used by most shooting federations 130,000 members are banned, making it harder to shoot, one of the favorite sports.

"We don't have a problem with weapons in Switzerland, so we don't need a new law," he said.

Opponents also argue that the country's current legislation on the sale, ownership and licensing of private individuals, which prohibits the transport of hidden weapons, is sufficiently stringent. It allows citizens or legal residents over the age of 18 who have received government authorization and have no history of convictions or mental illnesses to buy weapons from an authorized representative, except for automatic firearms that are banned.

And people who want to buy a weapon must first prove that they know how to use it safely before issuing a license.

Similar licensing procedures also exist in other parts of Europe, but Switzerland is the first to allow people

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