Is there a database for gun owners

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This content was published on August 18, 2017 - 10:16 am (Keystone-SDA)

Around 876,000 pistols and rifles are currently registered in Switzerland's online weapon register (OAWR). The entries are distributed among around 279,000 gun owners.

Markus Röösli, program manager of the project "Harmonization of Swiss Police Informatics", quoted these numbers on Friday at the request of the sda ​​news agency. He thus confirmed a report in the "Neue Zürcher Zeitung".

However, the figures do not provide an accurate picture of privately owned weapons. For example, army weapons are not included in these numbers. Weapons that were bought or changed hands before the introduction of mandatory registration in 2008 are also not included. A retroactive notification requirement had been rejected by parliament.

Finally, according to Röösli, there should also be multiple entries in the register. Because if, for example, a weapon changes hands several times and that from one canton to the other, it will be registered again each time.

After all, the online query, which has been in operation since the beginning of October 2016, enables the police to obtain information on the acquisition, possession or whereabouts of firearms from the various cantonal registers with a single query.

In 2011, the Swiss electorate rejected the so-called gun protection initiative and thus a national gun register. In the course of the subsequent revision of the gun law, the number of around two million firearms in private households was given on the basis of estimates.

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