Several killed in shooting at Swiss factory

ZURICH Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:11am EST

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ZURICH (Reuters) - Several people have been killed and seriously injured during a shooting at a factory near the Swiss city of Lucerne, police said on Wednesday.

Swiss police said in a brief statement that several people had been killed and injured at a shooting at around 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) at a wood processing company called Kronospan in the town of Menznau.

Police said the emergency services were on the scene and the area had been largely cordoned off, but gave no further details, saying only they would give further updates later in the day.

Swiss news agency SDA quoted the rescue helicopter service REGA as saying it had flown four seriously injured people to hospital.

Last month, a gunman killed three women and wounded two men in the Swiss village of Daillon, stirring a debate about Switzerland's fire arms laws that allow its male citizens to retain guns after their mandatory military service.

There is no national gun register but some estimates indicate that at least one in every three of Switzerland's 8 million inhabitants keeps a gun, many stored at home. Citizens outside the military can apply for a permit to purchase up to three weapons from the age of 18 in a country where sharp shooting and hunting are popular sports.

A shooting in the regional parliament of Zug in 2001 that caused 14 deaths prompted calls to tighten laws, but the majority of Swiss citizens rejected a proposal in 2011 for additional measures such as the creation of local arsenals for military weapons outside service periods.

(Reporting by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Comments (5)
Tiu wrote:
Despite being a very repressive police state, Switzerland also encourages foreign criminal activity by hiding the criminals money in their vaults.
These shootings are a result of the state of repression imposed on the citizens of Switzerland.

Feb 27, 2013 7:25am EST  --  Report as abuse
Yesyes wrote:
@Tiu You actually think Switzerland is a very repressive police state? Really? Switzerland? Have you ever been there? I’ve been there many times and the Netherlands was the only place more liberal than Switzerland. It is also one of the most democratic countries in the world. They hold referenda on just about everything, and have a tradition of reaching consensus between political parties, something the rest of us could learn from. I don’t know what your beef with the Swiss is but I suggest you check your facts. In a police state it’s not generally that easy for people to get guns

Feb 27, 2013 8:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:
@Yesyes, yes I have been there. Lovely country.
I’ve stopped going there as to go there is to support a repressive police state.
They have posters up stating that you are being watched. Singapore’s another one.

Feb 27, 2013 10:30am EST  --  Report as abuse
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