Powers of Board of Licensing Commissioners regarding licensing and control of junk dealers.
The Board of Licensing Commissioners may license suitable persons to be dealers in and keepers of shops for the purchase, sale or barter of junk, old metals or secondhand articles in the Town.
The Board may also license suitable persons as junk collectors to collect, by purchase or otherwise, junk, old metals and secondhand articles from place to place in the Town.
The Board may provide that such collectors shall display badges upon their persons or upon their vehicle, or upon both, when engaged in collecting junk, old metals or secondhand articles, and may prescribe the design thereof.
The Board may also provide that such shops and all articles of merchandise therein, and any place, vehicle or receptacle used for the collecting or keeping of the articles aforesaid, may be examined at all times by the Board of Licensing Commissioners or by any person by it authorized thereto.
Licensing and regulation of dealers in precious metals.
No person shall collect, deal in or keep a shop for the purchase, sale or barter of precious metals in any building or place within the limits of the Town without a license from the Board of Licensing Commissioners.
For the purpose of this subsection, the term "precious metals" shall include any precious metal, such as gold, silver or platinum, without regard to the form or amount of such precious metal or whether or not such precious metal is an incidental or minor component of some other article such as jewelry, bric-a-brac, statuary or the like.
The Board of Licensing Commissioners may license suitable persons to be dealers in and keepers of shops for the purchase, sale or barter of precious metals at such places within the Town as may be designated in such licenses under such conditions and restrictions as are prescribed in this subsection, which shall be incorporated in every such license. The fee for granting such license shall be established by the Board of Licensing Commissioners in accordance with § 5-305.
No dealer or keeper of a shop, as described in this subsection, shall directly or indirectly make any purchase or receive by way of barter or exchange from a minor knowing or having reason to believe him to be such.
No item described in this subsection, purchased or received, shall be sold or altered in appearance, form or substance, or any other means of disposing until a period of at least 30 days from the date of its purchase, except when such period is waived by the Chief of Police or his designee. For numismatic metals there will be a seven-day hold period before they can be sold or altered in appearance.
Every such licensee shall complete and electronically submit the required audit sheet to the Chief of Police, or his designee, on a daily basis, and on an approved form provided by the Police Department, the following information: a legible and correct list containing an accurate and complete description of all precious metals purchased and the prices paid for said items during the preceding day.
Included with this information will be the following: name, address, date of birth, license number and phone number from whom purchased, along with what identification was presented. A Massachusetts driver's license, Massachusetts identification card or a valid ID from any other state is acceptable. A photocopy of said identification shall be copied on the provided form. Additional information shall be the time of day when purchased and the number of items purchased. The licensee shall also supply a colored photograph of each purchased item that is identifiable, unique or unusual. Also, any engraved writing or printing on said goods shall be noted on the reporting form. The licensee shall also supply a colored copy of said Massachusetts driver's license, Massachusetts identification card or valid ID of the seller. The required audit sheet shall be transmitted electronically to the Chief of Police, or his designee, including all information, forms and colored copies of said identification, using the format that is approved by the Chief of Police.
Every keeper of a shop licensed as provided in this subsection shall put in some suitable and conspicuous place on his shop a sign having his name and occupation legibly described thereon and shall keep a book in which shall be written in English, at the time of every purchase, a description of the precious metal so purchased, the name, age and residence of the person from whom purchased and the day and hour when such purchase was made. Such book and all articles purchased shall at all times be available for the inspection of the Chief of Police or his designee.
Every dealer in precious metals shall have suitable scales approved by the Town's Sealer of Weights and Measures. Said scales shall be annually tested and sealed.
No dealer or keeper of a shop, as described in this subsection, shall, directly or indirectly, either purchase or receive by way of barter or exchanging any of the articles of a minor, knowingly or having reason to believe him/her to be such.
Whoever, not being licensed as required by this subsection, deals in, keeps a shop for the purchase, sale or barter of precious metals or whoever, being licensed, is a dealer in any place or manner other than that designated in his license or whoever, after notice to him that his license has been revoked or whoever violates any rule, regulation or restriction contained in his license shall be subject to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $200, and each day of such violation shall constitute a separate offense.