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Pézard, Stéphanie and Anne-Kathrin Glatz. 2010 ‘Firearm Licences.’ Arms in and Around Mauritania: National and Regional Security Implications; Occasional Paper No. 24, pp. 41-42. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 June

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Firearm Licences

All import and firearms licences are subject to control by the Department of National Security. Firearms licences are issued at the same time as the corresponding import licences and a valid firearms licence is a requirement for importing such weapons.1 Yet an internal report issued by the Department of National Security indicates that 'authorizations to import or own small arms have often been issued on the basis of criteria that do not match the regulatory provisions laid down by the law'. …

According to a police source, although rifled-barrel weapons are normally prohibited, they may exceptionally be authorized at shooting clubs, for example. On the other hand, civilians are allowed to own smooth-bore rifles for hunting purposes, provided they satisfy certain conditions;2 3 4 in particular, they must be able to show that they are of good character.5

Sources cited:

DNS [Department of National Security], 2008, "Note d'etude de la direction generale de la surete nationale a propos du controle des armes et munitions sur le territoire national (Internal Report of the Department of National Security on the Control of Arms and Ammunition on National Territory). Internal document.

ID: Q5007

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