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Pézard, Stéphanie and Anne-Kathrin Glatz. 2010 ‘Criminal Firearm Use.’ Arms in and Around Mauritania: National and Regional Security Implications; Occasional Paper No. 24, pp. 16-17. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 June
Criminal Firearm Use
Firearms are rarely used in criminal acts, as criminals tend to use bladed weapons. … Even in cases of self-defence, shopkeepers tend use [sic] sticks and axes rather than firearms. Some of them, however, possess handguns to dissuade would-be assailants. …
Out of the 847 prisoners in the Dar-Naim prison in Nouakchott, only 46 committed offences involving the use of firearms: 3 were imprisoned for arms trafficking, 2 for homicide, and 41 for using or threatening to use arms. These figures include individuals arrested in April 2008 for terrorism.