[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of South Hadley 1-11-2017 STM by Art. 14. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall be a dealer in or keeper of a shop for the purchase, sale or barter of junk, old metals or secondhand articles or go about collecting the same in the Town unless s/he is duly licensed therefor by the Selectboard.
Every keeper of a shop for the purchase, sale or barter of junk, old metals or secondhand articles shall keep paper or electronic records in which shall be entered, at the time of every purchase of any such articles, a description thereof, the name, age and residence of the person from whom, and the date and hour when such purchase was made. Such records shall at all times be open to inspection by the Selectboard and by any person authorized by it to make such inspection.
Any police officer may enter the shop of any dealer in junk or secondhand articles and examine the books and property in the shop.
No keeper of a shop licensed as provided in § 158-1 and no junk collector, directly or indirectly, shall either purchase or receive by way of barter or exchange junk or secondhand articles from a minor, knowing or having reason to believe him or her to be such.
Every keeper of the shop licensed as provided in § 158-1 shall put in some suitable and conspicuous place in his or her shop a copy of the license and a sign having his or her name and occupation legibly inscribed thereon in large letters, and every collector so licensed shall have placed upon some conspicuous part of his or her clothing, and upon each side of all vehicles used for such collection, a badge or sign giving the number of the license in plain, legible figures of not less than one inch in length.
The keeper of the shop licensed pursuant to § 158-1 shall not have the same open for the transaction of business except during the time between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. of each day, and no keeper of such junk or no junk collector shall purchase any of the articles aforesaid except during such hours.
No article purchased or received by a keeper of a shop licensed pursuant to this chapter for the purchase, sale or barter of junk, old metal or secondhand articles shall be sold until at least 15 days from the date of its purchase or its receipt have elapsed.