Known for their AR-15 rifles, Warsport unveiled new calibers for the infamous LVOA model. Now available in .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor, the LVOA also has a newly designed handguard that allows it to be suppressor ready. Note the pistol variant with what looks like a Shockwave Blade Arm Brace. (GRH)
Israeli made bolt-action sniper rifle chambered in .338 Lapua, the Dan (named after an ancient city) has been around for several years but was announced that it would be available to U.S market at Shot Show 2017. Although already in use by the IDF, supposedly the British SAS are also fielding the Dan. Currently no price point has been set. (GRH)
The Tactical Police Shotgun was a 12 gauge pump-action based on the Winchester Model 1300. If you’re looking to add a side-saddle for extra shells, then anything that will fit a Model 1300 will work on the FN TPS. The shotgun was built to mimic the AR-15 in terms of ergonomics; the front and rear sight are nearly identical to an AR’s. The collapsible stock and pistol grip are also straight from an AR. It was supposed to make training and use more familiar due to muscle memory. No longer in production, they are solid, reliable shotguns and worth looking into if you want something besides an 870. GRH)
Short answer : no. Slightly longer answer : people still active in the militia are required to keep both their gun at home and their level of proficiency with it (and they have to take a yearly mandatory test). At the end of their service, they can ask to keep their rifle, but they have to pass a police background check like anyone else. For the rest of the citizens and residents, there are no such things as a requirement to own a gun, it would be silly. Longer answer : but… the right to own a gun is a constitutionally protected right and can be only denied in case of very strong proofs that you are a danger for yourself and/or other, or if you have a criminal record. Everything is organized to help people training with their guns, every village got a 300-meter range and it’s quite easy to get a leased assault rifle. Because the main concept of Switzerland military protection is to destroy anything of value (including traffic ways) and being really, really, really obnoxious to the occupation army and for that you need an armed population.
I’ve seen somewhere in my recent notes (but I can’t find it now) that gun owning rate was under 30% in Switzerland.
First, it’s ignoring the fact that about 2.5 million people (over about 9 millions people total) in Switzerland are legal aliens, which for several reasons (lack of money or time, cultural background, not wanting to deal with the police, coming from a country whose citizens are barred from owning a firearm, etc.) don’t own that much firearms.
Then, it’s only counting the registered firearms (i.e. military guns, civilian guns bought after 2008).
Depending of the state, the estimation of “ghost guns” goes from twice the number of registered guns up to twenty times that number. There is no way Switzerland is not the N°2 country in terms of absolute number of firearms owned by the citizens, way before Yemen, Serbia or Finland. Once again, apart from some foreigners and a few urban hippies, I know no one without at least an old functional K31 over the fireplace or in the attic.
Tl;dr : yes, we have to deal with serious gun control measures (and a lot of administrative illegal ones enforced by the local police depts., but that is another problem), but Switzerland has more in common with the USA than most of Europe regarding gun rights - because it’s not a privilege.
I was at what appeared to be a group therapy session when suddenly a man with an oversized gun walked in. Stefan Karl Stefansson (the actor who played Robbie Rotten in Lazytown) handed the man a giant lollipop, and the man just walked out. Only a few seconds later (despite never having left the room), Stefan informed everyone in the room that the police had arrested the man who was a wanted cannibal and that they had confiscated his truck full of “food”.