Swiss parliament calls for gun registry after shooting
AFPGENEVA -- A week after an apparently deranged gunman killed three women in an idyllic Swiss village, the lower house of parliament called Tuesday for the equivalent of a national gun registry.
January 10, 2013, 1:43 pm TWN
The lower house security policy commission voted with 12 in favor and seven opposed for linking existing gun registries at a cantonal level into a national network, commission President Chantal Gallade was quoted by the ATS news agency as saying.
The commission had asked the Swiss government to quickly draft a law change proposal, which will need to be voted through parliament before it can take effect, she explained.
The commission had long been scheduled to debate a range of motions linked to illegal use of military weapons, and the vote was not linked to last week's tragedy.
Yet the issue was all the more poignant after the Jan. 3 killings in the small village of Daillon, where a 33-year-old former soldier with known psychiatric and drug problems used a Swiss military rifle and a hunting rifle to kill three women and injure two men.