3 Killed in Switzerland Workplace Shooting
7 injured at wood-processing company: prosecutors
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 27, 2013 6:13 AM CST
Updated Feb 27, 2013 8:40 AM CST
A police stands in front of a wood-processing company in Menznau, central Switzerland, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, where several people were killed in a shooting. Police in Lucerne canton (state) said in...   (Urs Flueeler)

(Newser) – A longtime employee opened fire at a wood-processing company in central Switzerland today, leaving three people dead, including the assailant, in the country's second multiple-fatality shooting in two months, police said. Seven other people were wounded, six of them seriously, in the shooting at the premises of the company Kronospan, in the small town of Menznau. The assailant, a 42-year-old Swiss male, arrived at the premises shortly after 9am, drew a pistol and started firing in the building's canteen area.

Officials didn't immediately have further details on the weapon or how the assailant acquired it. They also did not know how the assailant was killed. Gun ownership is widespread in Switzerland, thanks in part to a long-standing tradition for men to keep their military rifles after completing compulsory military service. The incident occurred as the Swiss parliament prepares to consider tightening some aspects of the country's famously lax gun legislation.

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MoreThanHalfaBrain
Feb 27, 2013 9:05 AM CST
'Gun ownership is widespread in Switzerland... But gun crime is relatively rare' Looks like guns aren't the problem. These guys keep actual military guns and here we are afraid of rifles that are military stlye (which means they look like military guns, but do not function the same)? To solve our gun problems maybe we should talk to these guys, they seem to know what they are doing when it comes to gun control.
right2dave
Feb 27, 2013 8:35 AM CST
Newser searches the world for more red meat to throw to idiot liberal gun nut readers.
NYUFan
Feb 27, 2013 8:00 AM CST
Send that nutball Attorney General from Tax-us to speak with them; he will try and convince them that having MORE guns and ammo will make things safer. Better yet, BAN THE GUNS & AMMO, NOW!