Poll finds support for anti-gun move

An initiative aimed at locking away firearms appears to be popular among voters ahead of a nationwide ballot on February 13.

This content was published on January 9, 2011 minutes

A poll by the Isopublic institute shows that 45 per cent of the respondents said they were in favour of the initiative, while 34 per cent came out against. More than 20 per cent are still undecided.

The poll which was published in a Sunday newspaper also found that women are more likely to vote for the proposal which was launched by a broad alliance of NGOs and centre-left parties.

The leading GfS Bern institute is due to publish its first poll - commissioned by’s parent company, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation - next Friday.

A majority in parliament as well as the government have rejected the anti-gun initiative, which aims to ban firearms from households and set up a national gun register.

The initiative came in response to a number of high-profile killings, including an attack by a lone gunman on a cantonal parliament in 2001.

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