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Pézard, Stéphanie and Anne-Kathrin Glatz. 2010 ‘Civilian Weapons.’ Arms in and Around Mauritania: National and Regional Security Implications; Occasional Paper No. 24, p. 43. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 June
It is common practice for army general staff to lend out weapons. An internal report by the Mauritanian Department of National Security estimates that 50,000 of the 70,000 or so weapons thought to be in circulation among civilians originated from the armed forces1. These are individual loans, granted to Mauritanians of high social rank who have contacts with the authorities. Tribal chiefs, in particular, benefit from this practice, as do their family members.
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.