Chapter 110 OFFENSES. (updated 1-8-07)
Section 110-23 PAWNBROKERS, JUNKDEALERS AND DEALERS IN SECONDHAND ARTICLES.
A. Every purchaser of or dealer in secondhand articles, junk dealers, keepers
of pawnshops and
buyers of gold and silver, precious metals and jewels shall make a written report to the Chief
Police for the Town of Front Royal covering transactions of the previous week or any lesser
period, on or before Wednesday of each week, showing a list or description of all secondhand
articles, gold, silver, precious metals and jewels bought or on which money or other thing of
value is loaned and a description of the person from whom it is received, including his name,
age, place of residence and occupation. If there is no such property received, he shall report
fact, and the word "none" shall be sufficient for that purpose.
B. Said dealers, purchasers and pawnbrokers shall ascertain the name, address
and age of such
sellers or pawners who are unknown to them by requiring at least two (2) items of identification.
Licensees shall record the time and date of the purchase or pawn and the price paid and shall
include this information in their report to the Chief of Police. All such reports shall
confidential records and shall not be disseminated to persons or agencies other than the Front
Royal Town Police and associated law enforcement agencies and personnel.
C. No purchases or pawns shall be made with anyone under the age of eighteen
D. No secondhand articles, gold, silver, precious metals or jewels so purchased
or received on
pawn by such purchasers, dealers and pawnshop owners shall be sold, given away, melted down
or otherwise disposed of or altered until three (3) days have elapsed after the above-described
transaction report is submitted to the Chief of Police, except that nonmetallic matter may be
removed from gold, silver and other precious metals, and gem stones may be removed from their
settings in order to obtain a true weight.
E. This section shall not apply to legitimate transactions with coin collectors
purchase of coins for hobby purposes, as opposed to transactions involving the purchase of coins
for the scrap value of the metal.
F. Violation of the terms of this section shall be a misdemeanor.
(Ord. No. 1-26-81 Amended 1-26-81)