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Switzerland

2 September 2006

SwissInfo

Swiss Defence Minister Samuel Schmid says family tragedies and suicides are not valid reasons to stop soldiers from keeping their army weapons at home. Schmid rejected calls for the weapons to be kept in military storage to reduce Switzerland's high rate of suicide by firearms. In an interview in Saturday's Tages-Anzeiger newspaper of Zurich, Schmid said storing soldiers' rifles away from their homes "would not solve the underlying social problem" of suicide. "The... (GunPolicy.org)

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