In Switzerland there are lots of guns but low rates of gun crime

January 21, 2011

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Young men are required to own military rifles as part of their service and are taught gun responsibility in Switzerland.

As part of our Here, There series, we're taking a look at different gun cultures. One country where guns are readily available and gun crime remains low is Switzerland. The Swiss issue automatic assault rifles and ammunition to all young men. That's because Switzerland has universal conscription and a tradition that all men must be ready to serve. Also, recreational shooting is popular in Switzerland. Many Swiss belong to shooting clubs. In spite of the prevalence of guns, Switzerland has a very low rate of violent gun crime .


Freda Adler is an expert in comparative criminology who's lived and studied in Switzerland. She says the difference between us and them is their culture.