ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville police are requesting amendments to an ordinance requiring pawnbrokers and second-hand dealers to electronically submit daily pawn and/or purchase transactions of second-hand goods to APD, and are offering a public information session about the process.
The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. April 7 in room A109 of the Public Works building, 161 S. Charlotte St., in downtown Asheville.
Police presented the proposed amendments to City Council on March 8 and the matter was continued to April 26 to accommodate the council members’ requested revisions.
State law requires pawnshops, secondary metal recyclers, and precious metal dealers to provide law enforcement with paper records of pawn and/or purchase transactions. The proposed amendments would require these businesses to report such transactions electronically, which will assist law enforcement and these businesses with a more user-friendly and efficient means of reporting.
The proposed amendments would also require other second-hand dealers — such as consignment shops, antique dealers, eBay stores, cash converter stores, used record/video game stores, used sporting goods stores, and used musical equipment stores — to report their purchases of secondhand goods to law enforcement electronically, thereby impeding the sale of stolen goods.
The revised ordinance will be posted on the city’s website, www.ashevillenc.gov, for public review by 5 p.m. on April 5.
Copies of the ordinance will also be made available for review at the public meeting on April 7.