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New EU gun laws could scupper Swiss Schengen membership

Local News // Aug. 25, 2016
New EU gun laws could scupper Swiss Schengen membership

EU plans to tighten its laws on firearms, including introducing psychological and medical tests for all gun holders, could cause problems for Switzerland.

The move has prompted head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police, Simonetta Sommaruga, to visit Brussels to plead for an exemption for owners of service weapons.

If passed, the law will require 133'000 members of shooting clubs, hunters and collectors in Switzerland to also undergo tests and get a training certificate.

As a member of the Schengen area, Switzerland will therefore have to adapt its legislation, which could be the subject of a referendum.

If not, the vote could result in the end of the so-called Schengen-Dublin agreements.

If passed, Switzerland could be forced to destroy hundreds of thousands of weapons and anyone who is not in active service or part of a shooting club will no longer have the right to own a firearm.

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