Broome County to Propose Pawn Shop Legislation

Published 07/24 2014 04:56PM

Updated 07/24 2014 08:18PM

Broome County government is in the process of putting together legislation to make it tougher to re-sell stolen items, and it's looking for your input.

Area police agencies support the idea, which would require pawn shops, scrap metal recyclers and jewelry stores that buy used items to register with the county and to make sure sellers have valid ID or take their pictures. Stores would then have to wait 10 days to sell the goods while items are checked against stolen property reports.

The goal is to try to cut down on the number of burglaries by people looking to steal to get money to buy heroin.

Broome County Legislator Scott Baker has been working with the Broome County Sheriff's Office on the proposed legislation. Baker says he has gotten some feedback from businesses, but is looking for more.

"I met earlier today with the chairman of the legislature, Chairman Marinich, and had some discussions, some things we wanted to look into a little deeper within the regulation. We have been supplied with a proposed regulation and we're going through our channels now to vet, to make sure it's going to work," said Baker.

A draft of the Second Hand Dealer Law is available at the county legislature's website at

Written comments can be submitted until August 21st. Details on how to submit comments can also be found on the website.

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