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Soft air gun or real weapon?

Soft air gun or real weapon?
Soft air weapons look deceptively like real weapons. This also applies for alarm pistols, blank pistols and imitation weapons. The danger of confusion is high. Since 12 December 2008 there have therefore been new regulations for han-dling these so-called imitation weapons which are stipulated in the weapons law.

The national prevention campaign «Soft Air Weapons» under the control of the Swiss Crime Prevention (SCP) is aimed at children and youths, parents, teachers and authorities and provides information on the danger of confusing soft air weapons with real weapons and the legal regulations.



Prevention messages

Info for schools
  • Find out here about the legal foundations.
  • Tell children/youths about the ban and explain the dangers and consequences.
  • Carry out checks every now and then.
  • If you find a weapon on a pupil, report this and hand the weapon over to the police.
  • Find out about rules and measures regarding weapons in your school.
Info for youths
  • Minors, i.e. people below the age of 18, are legally prohibited to handle weapons in any way.
  • Soft air weapons and other imitation weapons are now also considered as weapons since 12 December 2008.
  • Soft air or other imitation weapons which you already have in your possession can be handed over free of charge to the cantonal weapons office. List of offices, see here.
  • Find out here about the legal foundations.
Info for parents
  • Soft air weapons and other imitation weapons are now considered as weapons since 12 December 2008.
  • As legal guardian you are obliged to ensure that your child does not have any access to weapons.
  • Forbid your children from buying or using such imitation weapons.
  • Make your son or daughter aware that the purchase, sale and possession of imitation and other weapons by minors are prohibited.
  • If your child possesses such an imitation weapon, ask him/her to hand over the weapon to the responsible cantonal weapons office. For a list of offices, see here.
  • Youths may use weapons only under expert instruction. Local shooting and sporting weapon clubs offer the possibility of doing this.
  • Find out here about the legal foundations.

Trade/SaleInfo for trade
  • Find out here about the legal foundations.
  • Make sure the customer is aware of the risk of confusing with genuine firearms and of the new weapons law.
  • Instruct your sales staff.





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