“We will follow in the footsteps of the United States and Switzerland, where the right to bear arms is believed to lead to fewer homicides.”
The Swiss Parliament has blocked a government proposal to introduce mandatory registration for all firearms, including those obtained before 2008.
Interior ministers of the European Union agreed Friday to seek tighter restrictions on civilian access to semi-automatic and deactivated firearms in the 28-member nations of the EU, the EU Observer reports.
Firearm sales increased by almost 50 percent in parts of Switzerland after the terror attacks in Paris last year and Brussels this spring.
In the wake of this year’s increasing terrorist attacks in France, Belgium and Germany, applications for permits to own weapons—both firearms and non-lethal so-called “scare devices”—are rising in at least four countries.
Mexico’s foreign minister blames U.S. for Mexican crime; urges Congress to ban “assault weapons.”