[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Commission of the City of Parsons as §§ 11-401 to 11-408 of the 1963 Code (Ch. 14, Art. III of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
- JUNK DEALER
- Any person who buys or purchases old iron, brass or any other kind of metal or any other article of personal property, metal or otherwise, which is not to be used as originally designated or intended or manufactured.
- SECONDHAND DEALER or DEALER IN SECONDHAND GOODS
- Any person who buys or sells any article of personal property or merchandise after the same has been in use for the purpose for which it was designated, manufactured and intended.
Every person who is engaged in, or in any way aids or assists in the carrying on of, the business of a dealer in secondhand goods or junk dealer shall keep a book in which shall be written legibly in black ink, in the English language, at the time of receiving any goods, articles or things:
A full, true and accurate account and description of the goods, articles or things purchased or received;
The amount of money paid therefor;
The time of day and date of purchasing or receiving the same;
The name and residence of the person or persons selling or delivering such goods, articles or things; and
A description of the person from whom the same were purchased or received.
When any watch is purchased or received the dealer shall also write in such book, as part of the description, the name of the maker of said watch and its number and the number of the case and any monogram, name, initial or other marks thereon. When jewelry or gold or silver articles of any kind are purchased, taken or received, the dealer shall, as a part of the description, note in the book all letters or marks engraved, cut or stamped thereon.
No person shall be required to keep or furnish any description of any secondhand furniture purchased absolutely by him or of any goods or merchandise purchased from a manufacturer or wholesale dealer who has an established place of business.
A junk dealer or dealer in secondhand goods shall deliver to the Police Department each day before 12:00 noon a legible, true and correct copy from the book required to be kept by Subsection A giving:
A true and accurate account and description of each and all of the goods, articles, and things purchased or received during the preceding day;
The price paid therefor or the amount;
The precise time of the purchase;
The name and residence of the person from whom purchases were made; and
A description of such person.
It shall be unlawful for any junk dealer or other dealer in secondhand goods to purchase or receive any property from:
Any minor without the consent of the parent or guardian of such minor, unless the minor has a written permit from the Chief of Police to engage in the business of buying and selling junk or secondhand goods;
Any person who is intoxicated; or
Any servant, apprentice or employee without first ascertaining that the property is the property of the person offering to sell it.
It shall be the duty of every person engaged in business as a junk dealer or dealer in secondhand goods, upon receiving information or learning that any property has been stolen, to immediately notify in writing the Chief of Police of all property left with him that in any manner corresponds with the description of the property stolen, giving the name of the person from whom he purchased or received it, the time when it was received, and all other acts and circumstances connected therewith that might tend to the discovery or conviction of the person who stole the property.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.