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Switzerland. 2009 ‘National Laws, Regulations and Decrees - Import.’ National Report of Switzerland on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 4. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations. 31 December

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Both the commercial and non-commercial importation of firearms into Switzerland is subject to license. The licensing authority for the import is the Federal Office of Police (fedpol). Such a license is awarded only if applicants are authorized to acquire the weapons in question. Likewise, firearms destined for importation into Switzerland must be marked individually.

Depending on the kind of SALW to be imported, applications for importation authorization must be accompanied by various documents: Weapons purchase permit or written contract of sale; excerpt from judicial criminal records; copy of a valid passport or piece of ID; official confirmation attesting to the purchaser's right to purchase abroad.

[SALW = small arms and light weapons]

ID: Q1618

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