Saturday, 23 March 2019

Davos Shooting Club


The Davos Shooting Club at Davos Monstein is rather alarming, as the shooting benches for the 300 metre range are on one side of the main road and railway, and the targets the other side. Check it out on GoogleMaps

Photographed by Susan from Loire Valley Time Travel. https://tourtheloire.com

Everybody shoots in Switzerland and it is taken very seriously. The population is 8.3 million, and they own 2 million guns, but gun crime is extremely rare. Suicides on the other hand are rather high, and most gun deaths in the country are due to people deliberately taking their own lives. Military service is mandatory for men, who are all taught to shoot pistols or rifles. Many men keep their service weapons after they have done their national service stint. 

Most weapons require a licence, with background checks and registration on a local list. Hunting rifles are a notable exception to this. Gun owners also have to pass a test to demonstrate they can use the weapon safely and competently. Anyone with a criminal record or addiction issues is not permitted to own a gun.

Photographed by Susan from Loire Valley Time Travel. https://tourtheloire.com

Guns are generally not kept at home, and it is illegal to carry a weapon on the street. Guns kept at home can be transported to the shooting range by car, but they must be unloaded, and you can't stop off to run an errand or have a coffee.

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4 comments:

chm said...

The NRA must be fuming there is nothing it can do about it.

Susan said...

Although it should be noted that Switzerland and the US have one problem in common due to high gun ownership -- men killing themselves.

Autolycus said...

My understanding is that, even in the UK, at least one group of those who are allowed to hold a gun illegally (farmers and their shotguns) have a high rate of suicide.

Susan said...

Yes, exactly. Where there are guns, most of the deaths by shooting are of men shooting themselves.

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