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Pézard, Stéphanie and Anne-Kathrin Glatz. 2010 ‘Types of Licence.’ Arms in and Around Mauritania: National and Regional Security Implications; Occasional Paper No. 24, pp. 40-41. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 June

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Types of Licence

There are three types of licence: an import licence for weapons and ammunition (art. 8),1 2 a licence to carry a firearm,3 and a licence to purchase ammunition.2 4 A hunting licence is also required to obtain an import licence and a licence to purchase ammunition.5

According to a police source, 477 new licences to carry hunting weapons were issued in 2006; 400 in 2007; and 270 during the first four months of 2009.

Private individuals are not allowed to own more than two firearms (art. 18).6

Article 197 of the 1960 decree stipulates that civilians who hold weapons must register them with the authorities. In practice, this requirement is not adhered to systematically.

Source cited:

Islamic Republic of Mauritania, 1960, "Decree No. 60.072 of 20 April 1960 Regulating Firearms and Ammunition in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania".

ID: Q5006

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