The Swiss and their guns

Switzerland has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world because of its militia army. The defence ministry estimates that some two million guns are in private hands in a population of eight million. Despite the fact that army-issue guns are involved in around 300 deaths per year, voters in recent years have rejected tighter controls.

All able-bodied Swiss men must do military service
There are an estimated two million firearms in circulation in Switzerland
Police say affordable guns could be one of the reasons why there's a rise in gun permits
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A ballot box issue in 2011
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