Feb 13, 2011 - 14:11 Swiss voters reject anti-gun initiative
Voters have thrown out a controversial initiative on restricting access to firearms in a nationwide ballot on Sunday.
Final results showed just over 56 per cent of votes had been cast against the initiative which sought to ban army-issue guns from the home.
A majority of cantons voted against the initiative. Support came from several, mainly urban regions including Geneva, Basel and Zurich. Opposition was strongest in rural areas in eastern and central Switzerland as well as in the southern Italian-speaking canton of Ticino.
The result is a blow for supporters - a broad coalition of NGOs, trade unions, churches, pacifists and centre-left parties.