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Emotions are running high ahead of a nationwide vote on reforming Swiss gun law. The outcome of the referendum will affect ties with the EU.

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About 5.3 million Swiss citizens, including registered members of the Swiss Abroad community, were eligible to take part in the May 19 ballots.

Votes on a broad range of issues, as well as elections, also took place in many cantons and municipalities across the country.

It was the second set of nationwide votes this year.

Vote results: May 19, 2019

Switzerland has voted on corporate tax/pension reform as well as changes to the national gun law. Here are the detailed results.

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Explore 600 national votes How direct democracy has grown over the decades

The number of issues put to vote has increased considerably since the 1970s. The graphics present more than 600 nationwide votes since 1848.

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