14 Feb 2011

Gun control referendum fails

7:41 am on 14 February 2011

Voters in Switzerland on Sunday rejected tighter controls on gun ownership.

Preliminary results show the voters decided in a referendum to retain the current system, which allows army-issued weapons to be kept at home.

Supporters of tighter curbs wanted to have weapons kept in armouries and stricter checks on gun owners.

Opponents said the move would undermine trust in the army. The final result of the vote is expected soon.

The BBC reports at least 14 out of 26 cantons rejected the proposal.

The proposal required the support of the majority of Swiss citizens and the cantons to succeed.

Overall, about 57% of the Swiss voters rejected the plan, while 43% backed it.