1. Why can’t join the EU, the Swiss weapons law?

The voice of the EU in the weapons act, dates back to a bilateral agreement: the Schengen-Dublin Treaty, the Swiss electorate in 2005 guthiess. He controls the border the free movement of persons, European cooperation in police and asylum and also relates to the use of weapons.

2. Why the EU wants Switzerland to change your weapons right?

Switzerland must take in the areas covered by the Schengen-Dublin agreement, all of the new requirements-so – called EU-directives. Changes are provided for all five years and are negotiated by the Contracting countries – including Switzerland – together. The Federal Council was able to get out in this way, in the case of the EU weapons Directive, by 2017, the core of the prohibition of semi-automatic weapons, various special rights for Switzerland.

3. What weapons would prohibit the stricter weapons law?

firstly, semi-automatic assault rifles with 10-shot magazines and guns with 20 magazines, which do not originate from army stocks.

Secondly, semi-automatic with a telescopic handle that can be shortened to less than 60 inches. The private Shoot with full-automatic Series of firearms is prohibited.

4. What is a semi-automatic weapon anyway?

In the case of semi-automatic weapons, the charging process takes place automatically, the shots can only be submitted individually. In the case of fully automatic weapons, the shooter may make a one-time Actuation of the trigger multiple shots in the series fire. The Swiss ordnance assault rifle 90, the members of the army, after service in the private possession can take over the blocking of the possibility to the series of fire: The assault rifle 90 is the semi-automatic weapon.

5. What other Changes are planned?

Who does not want to own a prohibited weapon, which he takes from the army, needs a special permit. In the case of a semi-automatic the gun owner must prove that he is either a gun collector or as a shooter on a regular basis with the weapon exercises. In addition, in the future, all of the essential components of a weapon must be the same number. This is to register within five years of a cantonal directory, if this has not happened yet.

6. Why fight the Switzerland on the EU arms Directive?

The referendum Committee that has collected signatures against the part of the revised weapons law, is convinced that Switzerland can still negotiate more exceptions to the weapons policy would have, without jeopardising the Schengen-Dublin agreement. It further calls for loosening. The Federal Council and Parliament on the other hand, the view that the changes were reasonable, and the Directive is to be implemented, as the EU requires, by the end of 2019.

7. What changes in the law, criticized the referendum Committee?

The opponents interfere with the registration requirement and the obligation to provide proof for regular Shooting for Shooters without a club membership. In addition, they are afraid to protect the tradition, because gun owners would be covered with a “blanket the state of mistrust”. For very many of the weapons used to Protect, it need a new special permit, which was “anti-Swiss and anti-freedom anti -“.

8. Must Protect all, even in Clubs, and a special permit?

Yes, but club members receive from the cantons of automatically.

9. Who would be most affected?

are Severely affected, not to Protect the members of a club, not have half of the applied vending machines from the army and their weapons were even registered anywhere. Who wants to buy large magazines (over 20 rounds for pistols, more than 10 rounds for long arms), could do this only with a special permit for the corresponding weapon. Museums and collectors would be obliged to do so, weapons in a safe place and lead to a private directory.

10. Who is absolutely not affected?

hunters, as well as all previous and future owners of military weapons.

11. Could refuse, Switzerland, the EU, the transposition of the Directive?

Yes, but you would have to take the consequences. The voting public says no to the intensification of the weapons law, could propose the Switzerland of the EU, in the first one or more additional exceptions. This would have to be approved within 90 days by all the Contracting countries and by the EU-Commission unanimously. They do not come to Switzerland would be phased out gradually, the Schengen-Dublin agreements without a termination would be necessary.

12. What are the concrete consequences of an Elimination of the Schengen-Dublin agreement?

Switzerland would no longer have access to the international Schengen intelligence system, the European criminal and visa database. In addition, there is border controls: it would mean more congestion at the land borders, longer transition times at European airports, and no Combi-Schengen-visas for foreign tourists. Further, Switzerland could have had more asylum applicants in the EU-countries of the court of sessions, in which they previously also been an application for Asylum. Switzerland would have to check all the applications fully, which would cause higher asylum costs.