An aspect of expat life I never really thought about before switching countries is firearms control.
One reason for that is the fact that I was moving to a country which has never been at war in the last two-hundred years, plus it is well-known for its neutrality, it almost never experienced political unrest, and has a low crime rate.
However, I soon learnt that those factors don’t necessarily mean strict gun control.
This is what I saw when I boarded a tram downtown on a Saturday morning.
Friends of mine confirmed that it’s nothing unusual. However, I was shocked.
A guy showing such nonchalance on a bus in my native country, would probably have to wait only a few minutes before being immobilized onto the floor, even before being asked a single question, provided that it would have been possible for him to find a way to legally buy an assault rifle, which I doubt.
But you know, my native country experienced both fascism and internal terrorism, both factors that favored a strict firearms control.
Swiss people are well used to owning firearms, as adult males attend military service for many years in a row in their twenties and early thirties. They can keep their gun at home if they want.
A consequence of that is the relatively high rate of firearms-related deaths, despite the low overall crime rate.
Did you notice a difference in gun circulation when moving to another country?
What was your reaction to that?