Scrap metal law rumors raise eyebrows

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 5:53pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 21, 2011 - 6:23pm

A law cracking down on paying for second-hand junk with cash has raised some eyebrows, but legislators say the information out there right now is wrong.

Act 389 was passed to stop people from stealing copper and other metals, and then reselling them for cash. The main goal was to set up a paper trail, making it easier to catch criminals selling stolen items.

Word got out that all second-hand items had to be purchased with a check, even at garage sales, but legislators say that's not right. Instead, most people are not included in that law. Dealers in antiques, folks throwing yard-sales, and non profit organizations like Goodwill can still accept cash.
 

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