City of Plattsburgh, NY
Clinton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Plattsburgh 10-23-1980 (Ch. 215 of the 1989 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Pawnbrokers — See Ch. 244.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 254.
The Common Council of the City of Plattsburgh finds that the high price of gold, silver and other precious metals has caused a substantial increase in the theft of items containing gold, silver and other precious metals and the sales of such stolen items to itinerant dealers in such objects, interfering with the identification and prosecution and conviction of persons committing such thefts, all to the detriment of the general welfare of the citizens of the City of Plattsburgh, New York.
No person, corporation, partnership or firm shall hereafter carry on the business of dealing in gold, silver and other precious metals or objects containing the same, without having first obtained a license authorizing such person to carry on the same in the manner and upon the conditions stated in the succeeding sections of this chapter.
A. 
The City Clerk may from time to time grant under her hand and the Official Seal of the City, to such citizens as she shall deem proper and who shall produce satisfactory evidence of their good character, a license authorizing such citizen to carry on the business of dealing in gold, silver and other precious metals and objects containing the same, in the City of Plattsburgh, New York, which license shall designate the place within the City of Plattsburgh, New York, in which such person shall carry on said business, and no person, corporation, partnership or firm shall carry on the business of dealing in gold, silver and other precious metals or objects containing the same within the City of Plattsburgh at any place other than the one designated in said license under penalty of $100 for each day he or they shall exercise or carry on said business without such license or at any other place than the one so designated.
B. 
Any person receiving such license shall pay a fee as set from time to time by the Common Council by resolution, and each such license shall expire one year from the date thereof, and may be renewed on application to the City Clerk each and every year on payment of the same sum and upon performance of the other conditions herein contained.
[Amended 11-24-1981; at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
Every such dealer in gold, silver and other precious metals and objects containing the same shall keep a book in which it shall be clearly written at the end of each purchase of gold, silver or other precious metals or objects containing the same, an account and description of the item, articles or things so purchased and the date and hour of purchase and the name and address of the person or persons selling the said items, articles or things. The dealer shall retain such book for a period of three months from the date of the purchase of the goods, articles or things purchased.
Every such dealer in gold, silver and other precious metals or objects containing the same shall retain the goods, articles or things purchased for a period of 72 hours.
The purchase record books and any and all other books and records regularly kept by the dealer shall at all reasonable times be open to inspection of any member of the Police Department of the City of Plattsburgh, New York, the District Attorney of the County of Clinton, any Assistant District Attorney of the County of Clinton, all Judges of the Police Courts, and the City Judge and City Corporation Counsel, or any or either of them. The Mayor of the City of Plattsburgh, the City Clerk, the District Attorney or any Assistant District Attorney of the County of Clinton and any person duly authorized by them shall have the power to administer oaths and to examine under oath any dealer or any officer or agent of such dealer and any other person having custody or control of the purchase record book and other records.
The application for a license shall contain a statement under oath of the citizen applying for the same, his permanent post office address, his temporary address in the City of Plattsburgh, New York, his identifying features, height, weight, the period of time that the applicant has engaged in the business of purchasing gold, silver or other precious metals or objects containing the same, the estimated period of time that the applicant intends to be in the City of Plattsburgh, New York, permanent telephone number and temporary telephone number.
[Amended 10-5-1989 by L.L. No. 4-1989]
In addition to the penalty provided in § 265-3 of this chapter, any person, partnership, corporation or firm who violates any provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine not exceeding $250 for each offense or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period not exceeding 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.