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Pézard, Stéphanie and Anne-Kathrin Glatz. 2010 ‘Civilian Arms.’ Arms in and Around Mauritania: National and Regional Security Implications; Occasional Paper No. 24, pp. 22-23. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 June
An internal report produced in 2008 by the Mauritanian Department of National Security estimates that 'the proliferation of uncontrolled arms has led to a wave of criminality due to the fact that it is easier and easier to procure arms of different types and calibres, including weapons of war'.
The same report states that 'the use of arms to commit a wide variety of offences against property and persons is more and more frequent. […] Generally speaking, the circulation of arms is a growing cause of concern'.
The report also notes that there were 70,000 weapons in circulation among the Mauritanian population. It provides no indication of the method used to arrive at this figure, which must therefore be viewed with caution.
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.