Im applying for residency in a couple EU countries and Switzerland. I hired two attorneys to shuffle paperwork. Swiss gun laws are interesting. Switzerland has a comprehensive gun-control regime that is governed by federal law and implemented by the cantons. This regime may be somewhat less restrictive than that of other European countries, yet since 2008 it has complied with European Union requirements. The Swiss Weapons Act requires an acquisition license for handguns and a carrying license for the carrying of any permitted firearm for defensive purposes. Exceptions exist for hunters. Automatic weapons are banned.
Swiss militiamen may keep their issued personal weapon in their home. A popular referendum to prohibit this practice was rejected in February 2011.
The Militia System
In Switzerland, military service is compulsory for all able-bodied men, and alternative civil service is only available for conscientious objectors. Those unwilling to serve must pay a fine. Conscription begins at age nineteen, and the duty to serve ends between the ages of thirty-four and fifty, depending on the rank of the militiaman.
Militiamen are issued personal equipment, which includes a personal weapon [normally a SG 550 a full auto capable with 4 settings: "S"—safe, "1"—single fire, "3"—3-round burst and "20"—fully automatic fire) and ammunition. The militiaman is authorized to keep the weapon in his home, unless he decides to deposit it in his unit’s armory. When the militiaman retires, he may keep the personal weapon, provided it has been properly maintained by the qualified technicians of his military unit.. After service one is entitle to keep the weapon.