Gunman kills 15 in Swiss local assembly
27 September 2001
Reuters / SwissInfo
ZUG, Switzerland — A Swiss gunman with a grudge against local government opened fire during a parliamentary session in the Swiss town of Zug today, killing 14 people.
The gunman was also dead after the attack which left another 14 wounded, making it the bloodiest such episode in recent Swiss criminal history, and the first time a Swiss politican has been killed in the country in over 100 years.
The local mayor, Christoph Luchsinger, called the scene in the... (GunPolicy.org)
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14 Killed in Swiss State Parliament
27 September 2001
ZUG, Switzerland — A gunman dressed as a police officer went on a rampage Thursday in the state parliament building in Zug, killing at least 14 people, a senior Swiss official said.
Three members of the local government were among the victims, said Peter Hess, president of the Swiss national parliament. Hess, who is from Zug, interrupted a regular session of the national parliament in Bern to announce the death toll.
Journalists said the man stormed into a meeting... (GunPolicy.org)
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Why Are Swiss Still Armed to the Teeth?
25 August 2001
News (Mexico) / Deutsche Presse-Agentur
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The Swiss are a peace loving nation yet the alpine republic is bristling with firearms and its citizens are armed to the teeth.
Swiss soldiers serving with peacekeeping troops in a country like Kosovo are forbidden from carrying weapons yet at home every member of the Swiss military — and that means virtually every able man up to 42 years old — has a revolver or a machinegun and a box of munitions stashed away in the broom cupboard or... (GunPolicy.org)
Read More: News (Mexico) / Deutsche Presse-Agentur
On Small Arms, Swiss Relax Neutrality
10 July 2001
Christian Science Monitor
BERNE, Switzerland — It has never joined the United Nations, but this Alpine country is wading into a major UN issue just as if it were a full-fledged General Assembly member.
Ahead of a two-week UN conference on illicit trafficking in small arms that got under way in New York yesterday, Switzerland said it would not attend just as an observer. It is joining France in cosponsoring a global-action plan to mark, trace, and register small arms and light... (GunPolicy.org)
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A Plague of Small Arms Demands Action at Last
3 July 2001
International Herald Tribune
BERN — More than 550 million small weapons circulate around the world and cause 500,000 deaths a year. Their production ranges wider each year. And they are easier to obtain than ever. These are indices of a problem spreading rapidly beyond control.
Proliferation and misuse of small weapons imperils security and development policy as well as humanitarian efforts. Nobody is immune to them. A UN conference on all aspects of illicit trade in small arms will meet from... (GunPolicy.org)
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Swiss Peacekeepers to Add Guns to Knives
11 June 2001
ZURICH — Swiss voters shed a sliver of the Alpine republic's staunchly defended neutrality on Sunday by authorising soldiers to carry arms on peace missions abroad.
The referendum vote overturned a decades-old practice of sending them to war zones carrying nothing more lethal than Swiss army knives.
The result was very close, with 51 percent in favour and a margin of just 40,000 voters between the two positions.
Turnout was a meagre 41 percent of an eligible 4.7... (GunPolicy.org)
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German Hobby Hunters Buy Sig Arms Unit
4 October 2000
ZURICH — Two German hobby hunters are buying most of the small arms and rifles business of Swiss industrial group SIG Holding AG, SIG said on Wednesday, announcing the sale as part of a sharper strategic focus.
SIG said it had concluded the long-awaited sale to Michael Lueke and Thomas Ortmeier, north German textile entrepreneurs.
Both sides agreed not to disclose the selling price of the pistols, hunting rifles and barrel manufacturing units, but SIG Chief... (GunPolicy.org)
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Swiss Gun Maker SIG Plans to Sell Handgun Unit, Leaving US Market
19 January 2000
Wall Street Journal
LAS VEGAS — Another well-known firearms manufacturer said it hopes to leave the U.S. handgun market.
Switzerland's SIG Swiss Industrial Co. Holding Ltd. Said at the industry's annual trade show here that as part of a larger restructuring, it will seek to sell its firearms businesses in Europe and the U.S.
Asked if the costs and risks related to pending municipal litigation against the gun industry in the U.S. played a role in the decision to exit from the American... (GunPolicy.org)
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Arms Scandal Shakes Swiss Secret Service
23 August 1999
Agence France Presse
BERN — Switzerland's secret service emerged severely shaken Monday from an arms trafficking scandal that prompted the suspension of its chief, Peter Regli, over the weekend.
Regli has been put "on leave," Defense Minister Adolf Ogi said during a surprise news conference Sunday, amid allegations that the service was helping build a secret intervention force within the Swiss army.
He and other unidentified officials have been charged with the mismanagement of public... (GunPolicy.org)
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