Town of Bloomsburg, PA
Columbia County
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[Ord. 888, 10/10/2005, § 1]
The following words, when used in this Part, shall have the meaning as set forth below:
ANTIQUES DEALER or SECONDHAND GOODS DEALER
Any person who either wholly or in part engages in or operates the trade or business of buying, selling, exchanging, or transferring used or secondhand goods.
IDENTIFICATION
A Pennsylvania driver's license or Pennsylvania non-driver's identification, valid U.S. passport, or military identification.
SECONDHAND GOODS
Items of personal property that have been previously purchased at retail.
[Ord. 888, 10/10/2005, § 2]
1. 
Antiques dealers or secondhand goods dealers shall obtain a license from the Town of Bloomsburg Police Department on an annual basis for the term commencing the first day of January of each and every year and pay an annual fee set by the Town Council of the Town of Bloomsburg by resolution from time to time.
2. 
For the year 2005, the license term shall be from July 1, 2005, to December 31, 2005, and the fee shall be prorated accordingly.
3. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in business as an antiques dealer or secondhand goods dealer without a license.
[Ord. 888, 10/10/2005, § 3]
1. 
Purchase, exchange, or transfer of secondhand goods:
A. 
All antiques dealers and secondhand goods dealers shall keep complete and accurate records of any and all secondhand goods purchased, exchanged, or transferred on forms provided by the Town of Bloomsburg Police Department.
B. 
The records shall contain the following:
(1) 
The name, address, and telephone number of the person selling, ex-changing, or transferring the item of personal property.
(2) 
The nature of the identification shown by the person and any applicable identification number.
(3) 
The description, make, model, and serial number, where applicable, of the item purchased, exchanged, or transferred.
(4) 
The price for which the item was purchased. If the item was traded or exchanged, the value of the item that was traded or exchanged.
(5) 
The date and time of the transaction.
C. 
All coins, coin collections, jewelry, and precious metals (gold, silver, and platinum) shall be photographed in color immediately following purchase, exchange, or transfer. All photographs shall be maintained for a period of two years from the date of acquisition by all antiques dealers and secondhand goods dealers and shall be made available for inspection on the premises of the antiques dealer or secondhand goods dealer upon the request of any police officer engaged in the performance of his/her duties.
[Added by Ord. 946, 4/23/2012, § 1]
2. 
Resale, exchange, or transfer of secondhand goods. All antiques dealers or secondhand goods dealers shall keep complete and accurate records, on forms provided by the Town of Bloomsburg Police Department, of all secondhand goods that are resold, exchanged, or transferred, which shall include the following:
A. 
The name, address, and telephone number of the person who purchases the resold, exchanged, or transferred item of personal property.
B. 
The price or value of the item of personal property that was resold, exchanged, or transferred.
3. 
Delivery of records to Police Department. A legible, accurate, and complete copy of the above records shall be delivered in person, by first class mail, or by facsimile transmission to the Town of Bloomsburg Police Department every Tuesday before 10:00 a.m.
[Ord. 888, 10/10/2005, § 4]
In the event the individual selling, exchanging, or transferring the item of personal property is under the age of 18 years, he/she shall be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian must also provide proof of identification as set forth above, which shall be recorded in the records of the antiques dealer or secondhand goods dealer.
[Ord. 888, 10/10/2005, § 5]
If an item of personal property is to be changed, modified, or altered in any way, including but not limited to melting or smelting, the antiques dealer or secondhand goods dealer will photograph the object and immediately notify the Town of Bloomsburg Police Department by telephone. The notification shall include a description of the item, and the item of personal property shall not be altered within the 48 hours following the notification of the Town of Bloomsburg Police Department, subject to § 13-506, paragraph 2, below.
[Ord. 888, 10/10/2005, § 6]
1. 
Upon demand, inventory records relating to items of personal property subject to this Part shall be made available to the Town of Bloomsburg Police Department for inspection upon request. A written record containing the above information must be kept of all transactions in the course of business and retained subject to this Part for a period of not less than three years from the date of the transaction.
2. 
All antiques dealers or secondhand goods dealers must retain all items received in the course of business at the business location where the transaction occurred. All property must be kept in the original condition as it was initially received at the time of purchase, exchange, or transfer. All coins, coin collections, jewelry, and precious metals (gold, silver, and platinum) shall be kept in such original condition for a period of 14 business days from the date of purchase, exchange, or transfer. All other property shall be kept in such original condition for a period of five business days from the date of purchase, exchange, or transfer. Any and all property shall be made available for inspection on the premises of the antiques dealer or secondhand goods dealer upon the request of any police officer engaged in the performance of his/her duties.
[Amended by Ord. 946, 4/23/2012, § 2]
[Ord. 888, 10/10/2005, § 7]
All antiques dealers and secondhand goods dealers shall provide either oral or written communication to the Town of Bloomsburg Police Department within two business days of any unusual or suspicious transaction or attempted transaction that is customarily associated with the sale, exchange, or transfer of stolen property. Such communication shall be made when the transaction includes, but is not limited to, the following:
A. 
Firearms;
B. 
Coins, stamps, or similar collectibles;
C. 
Any item that appears to be new or in the original packaging; or
D. 
More than one dozen compact discs, audio tapes, video tapes, or similar items customarily stolen from motor vehicles that are offered within a twenty-four-hour period.
[Ord. 888, 10/10/2005, § 8]
No antiques dealer or secondhand goods dealer shall accept any item of personal property where a serial number or identifying mark has been defaced, altered, or marred.
[Ord. 888, 10/10/2005, § 9]
The provisions of this Part shall not apply to secondhand goods purchased at auctions, estate sales, yard sales, or flea markets.
[Ord. 888, 10/10/2005, § 10]
1. 
The license of an antiques dealer or secondhand goods dealer may be suspended or revoked for violation of any provision of this Part after proper notice setting forth the reasons for the suspension or revocation.
2. 
The license of an antiques dealer or secondhand goods dealer may be suspended or revoked for making false reports to law enforcement authorities with regard to items of personal property and/or with regard to the requirements of this Part.
3. 
Any person aggrieved by the suspension or revocation of his or her license may appeal the decision to the Town Council of the Town of Bloomsburg under the provisions of the Local Agency Act.
[Ord. 888, 10/10/2005, § 11]
1. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof in a summary proceeding, be sentenced to either pay such fine not in excess of $1,000, which shall be paid to the use of the incorporated Town with costs of prosecution, or to be imprisoned for not more than 10 days, or both.
2. 
Any person who provides false reports or information to the Town of Bloomsburg Police Department may be prosecuted for making false reports to law enforcement authorities.