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Switzerland. 1997 ‘Obligation to Hold a Licence to Acquire Arms.’ Federal Law on Arms, Arms Accessories and Ammunitions of 20 June 1997 (Status as on 12 December 2008); Chapter 2 (Section 1). Geneva: Federal Assembly of the Swiss Confederation / Translation for the Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. 20 June

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Art. 8 Obligation to hold a licence to acquire arms

1 Any person who acquires an arm or an essential component of an arm must hold a licence to acquire arms.

1b Any person who requests a licence to acquire a firearm for a purpose other than sport, hunting or collection must give reasons for their request.

2 No licence to acquire arms is issued to persons:
a. who have not turned 18 years of age;
b. who are prohibited;
c. for whom there is cause to fear that they will use the arm in a dangerous way for themselves and others;
d. who have a criminal record for an act indicating a violent or dangerous character or for repeatedly committing crimes or offences, for as long as the entry is not struck off.

2b Any person who acquires a firearm or an essential component of an arm by succession must request a licence to acquire arms within six months unless, during this period, the person transfers the object in question to an authorized person.

ID: Q1538

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