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Switzerland

12 May 2005

Swissinfo

Shooting is more than just a sport to many Swiss, who believe a whole way of life would be under threat if the nation signs up to the Schengen accord. Geared to improve cross-border security, the European Union agreement also lays down minimum requirements for acquiring and possessing firearms. "The Swiss are well armed and enjoy great freedom," wrote Machiavelli in 1532. Many Swiss today see a causal connection between the two, with three million firearms in... (GunPolicy.org)

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