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The head of the army, André Blattmann, rejects claims the military lost track of thousands of service rifles.
He said at a press conference yesterday that the army has in fact done much to prevent misuse of weapons, especially through reforms instituted in 2007 following a death involving a military rifle.
Sunday media reported data on 27,000 former soldiers were incomplete, inferring an account of weapons was also incomplete.
Blattmann told public television the incomplete data was a result of combining cantonal and federal information.
“This information is not entirely cohesive. They don’t have the same information, topics,” he said. ”So we will go over the books one more time, to see if a weapon is concealed somewhere in the data. Our interest is clear, we want order when it comes to army weapons.”
On Radio Suisse Romande yesterday, Geneva MP Hugues Hiltpold criticized the military, calling the situation unacceptable that the army would not know where guns are.