How would they confiscate weapons?

Switzerland is arming itself - more and more weapons are confiscated

Within five years, the number of weapons confiscated at the Swiss borders has doubled. Why are the citizens arming?

When you think of gun freaks, the United States comes to mind - the country of the NRA and the many thousands of gun fatalities every year. But Switzerland is also developing more and more into the country of pistol, knife and baton fanatics. As the NZZ reports, 23 prohibited weapons are confiscated at the borders in this country every day. In the past year, a total of 8,536 seizures were counted; in 2015 there were half as many cases (4,286).

According to the NZZ, the Internet is one of the main sources for the confiscated weapons. On relevant sites abroad, forbidden folding knives and butterfly knives as well as electric shock devices and batons are ordered and finally intercepted at the border.

But why do the Swiss seem to feel the need to rearm? The Zurich public prosecutor and gun law expert Philipp Rothenbach blames an increased "need for security among the population" for this. Forbidden weapons are particularly popular among young people. “They also carry the weapons with them in their free time and when they go out and can potentially use them,” Rothenbach told the NZZ.

Rothenbach believes that the authorities would take a closer look at gun ownership and "consistently" collect guns. But: "If no violent crime is committed with prohibited weapons, the penalties for acquisition and possession are relatively mild."

More weapons in the canton of Zurich

In the canton of Zurich, according to the NZZ, the number of seizures has more than doubled in the past five years. The reason for this is not only that customs are increasingly intercepting shipments with weapons; A spokesman for the canton police also said that raising awareness of the issues of guns and gun law as well as prevention efforts had contributed to this.

In the case of illegal weapons, the governor's offices are responsible for the confiscation. You can intervene if their owners have increasingly committed criminal offenses, have an attitude that is dangerous to the public or are no longer of age. In practice, there is often another reason: possible harm to yourself or others. For example, weapons are confiscated if an owner threatens to kill himself or others.

After a confiscation, the weapons can be reclaimed from the owner. However, this will only be successful if the authorities classify the surrender of the weapons as unproblematic.

In general, weapons can be acquired relatively easily in this country. To do this, you usually need a canton's weapons acquisition license, which anyone over the age of 18 can obtain who has not committed a criminal offense and who does not come from countries such as Albania, Serbia or Sri Lanka.

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