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Terrorism sparks increase in gun licence applications in Switzerland

Local News // July 25, 2016
Terrorism sparks increase in gun licence applications in Switzerland

There has been a big increase in requests for gun licenses across Switzerland which police say is due to the growing fear of terrorism.

All 26 cantons, apart from the Jura, recorded more applications for licenses with an increase of 17 per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year.

As reported in the Blick newspaper, there were 29,146 applications for gun ownership made in 2015, with the biggest increase in Obwalden, which saw a 49% increase, followed by Lucerne at 34% and Zug at 33%.

Valais is the top French-speaking part of Switzerland in tenth place with an increase of almost 20% and Vaud was thirteenth at nearly 19%.

Geneva is placed twentieth at 11%, followed closely by Fribourg 4.5% and Neuchâtel at 1.9%

Blick says the increase is not due to shooting as a hobby or has any connection to army weapons.

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