Two men point their rifles at targets 300 metres away at the shooting range of the Schuetzenverein Ossingen rifle club in Ossingen, Switzerland May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss voters agreed on Sunday to adopt tighter gun controls in line with changes to European Union rules, heading off a clash with Brussels, projections for Swiss broadcaster SRF showed.
The projections from the gfs.bern polling outfit saw the measure passing in the binding referendum by a comfortable 67-33 percent margin.
The restrictions, which apply to non-EU member Switzerland because it is part of Europe’s Schengen open-border system, had raised hackles among shooting enthusiasts ahead of the vote under the Swiss system of direct democracy.
Reporting by Michael Shields