Swiss Govt. lifts weapons ban for Croats:Sri Lanka among countries on ‘ban list’

Swiss Govt. lifts weapons ban for Croats:Sri Lanka among countries on ‘ban list’

Swiss Govt. lifts weapons ban for Croats:Sri Lanka among countries on ‘ban list’

Written by Bella Dalima

13 Feb, 2014 | 3:46 pm

According to the Associated Press, the Swiss government said that it’s lifting its ban on weapons ownership for citizens of Croatia and Montenegro but keeping it in place for people from several other southeast European countries, Algeria and Sri Lanka.

The governing Federal Council said Wednesday it concluded there’s no longer any justification for keeping new European Union member Croatia or Montenegro, on its list of nations whose citizens aren’t allowed to buy or own weapons in Switzerland.

It says there are three criteria for inclusion: the presence of many people in Switzerland from countries where there have been wars or conflicts; clashes in Switzerland between people from those countries; and arms smuggling from Switzerland to conflict regions.

The government is keeping Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Sri Lanka and Turkey on the list.

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