City of Pleasantville, NJ
Atlantic County
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Table of Contents
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Pleasantville 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 28-2014.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Secondhand building materials — See Ch. 105, Art. I.
Junk dealers and collectors — See Ch. 151.
Mercantile licensing — See Ch. 155, Art. I.
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 195.
Special sales — See Ch. 223.
Attachment 1 - Appendix I
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 31, Secondhand Dealers, adopted 9-7-1988 by Ord. No. 20-1988, as amended.

§ 231-1 Purpose.

A. 
The City Council hereby finds that there is a need to regulate and control the buying and selling of gold, silver, and precious or semiprecious gems in order to prevent the easy disposal of items which have been unlawfully obtained as the result of crime, while protecting and recognizing the legitimate businesses which are engaged in the buying and selling of gold, silver and precious or semiprecious gems.
B. 
This chapter, whenever possible, shall be read together with § 155-1 et seq.

§ 231-2 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings ascribed herein. Words used in the present tense shall include the future, words in the plural number shall include the singular number and words in the singular number shall include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
ACCEPTABLE IDENTIFICATION
Acceptable forms of identification include: a current valid New Jersey driver's license or identification card issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, a current valid photo driver's license issued by another U.S. state, other verifiable United States government issued photo identification with address, or valid United States passport and evidence of current address. All of the above listed identification procedures require the dealer to capture/record evidence of the person's current address.
ARTICLE
Any article of merchandise, including any portion of such article, whether a distinct part thereof or not, including every part thereof whether separable or not, and also including material for manufacture, and as so defined in N.J.S.A. 51:6-1, which may be amended from time to time. If the definitions in this article and state statute are or become different, this chapter shall use the more expansive definition to ensure the goals of this chapter are fostered.
DATABASE
A computerized, Internet-capable database with hardware and software compliant with standards set by the Chief of Police.
DEALER
Any person, partnership, corporation, or other entity, whether permanent or itinerant, who on one or more occasions (through any means) buys or sells, receives for pawn or otherwise exchanges or trades any property as described in Appendix I of this chapter,[1] and includes anyone advertising the purchase, sale or receipt for pawn of any of the aforementioned items.
CHIEF OF POLICE
The Chief of Police of the City of Pleasantville or his designee/representative.
GIFT CARD
A restricted monetary equivalent or scrip that is issued by retailers or banks to be used as an alternative to a nonmonetary gift.
ITINERANT BUSINESS
Any business conducted intermittently within the City of Pleasantville or at varying locations.
PAWN
A bailment of personal property as security for any debt or engagement redeemable upon certain terms and with the implied power of sale or default.
PERSON
Any individual natural person, partnership, joint venture, business, society, associate, club, trustee, trust, corporation, or unincorporated group, or an officer, agent, employee, servant, factor or any form of personal representative of any thereof, in any capacity, acting for self or on behalf of another.
PRECIOUS METALS
Comprised of gold, silver, sterling, platinum and/or their alloys as defined in N.J.S.A. 51:5-1 et seq., N.J.S.A. 51:6-1 et seq. and/or N.J.S.A. 51:6A-1 et seq.; gems, gemstones, coins and all forms of jewelry herein contained.
PUBLIC
Individuals and other retail sellers, not to include businesses engaged primarily in wholesale transactions.
PURCHASE
The exchange of money or other consideration for the pledge, sale, conveyance or trade of any property described in Appendix I of this chapter.[2]
REPORTABLE TRANSACTION
Every transaction conducted by a dealer in which property described in Appendix I of this chapter[3] is purchased, pawned or exchanged from or with the public, as that term is defined in this section.
SECONDHAND GOODS
Any article previously sold, acquired, exchanged, conveyed, traded or otherwise formerly owned, including but not limited to scrap gold, old gold, silver, jewelry, home electronics/audio and visual equipment, musical instruments, telephones and telephonic equipment, scales, computers, computer hardware and software, typewriters, word processors, scanners, sporting goods of all kinds, antiques, platinum, all other precious metals, tools of all kinds, televisions, DVRs, GPS, camcorders, car stereos, gift cards, furniture, clothing, other valuable articles, or as listed in Appendix I.[4]
TRANSIENT BUYER
A dealer who has not been in any retail business continuously for at least six months at that address in the municipality where the dealer is required to register. The term "transient buyer" will also include a dealer who intends to close out or discontinue all retail business in the City of Pleasantville within six months; or as so defined in N.J.S.A. 51:6A-5 and N.J.A.C. 13:47C-1.1. Vendors doing business during a community event sponsored/sanctioned by the City of Pleasantville shall not be considered a transient buyer.
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Editor's Note: Appendix I is included as an attachment to this chapter.
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Editor's Note: Appendix I is included as an attachment to this chapter.
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Editor's Note: Appendix I is included as an attachment to this chapter.
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Editor's Note: Appendix I is included as an attachment to this chapter.

§ 231-3 License required.

No person shall engage in a regulated activity, as defined above, without having first obtained a license therefor from the City Clerk, after the application for said license has been approved by the City Council, which license shall bear a number issued by the City Clerk and shall be prominently displayed within the licensed premises. A separate dealer's license shall be required for each location, place, or premises used for the conduct of such business and shall also be licensed as described herein.

§ 231-4 License fee.

At the time of filing the application for a license, a license fee shall be paid for the initial license for the premises where the activity is to be conducted as set forth in Chapter 155, Licensing. Thereafter, the annual renewal fee for the license shall be as set forth in Chapter 155. The license fee is established to cover the cost of the Police Department's internal investigation and administrative processing of each application.

§ 231-5 Application for a business license; investigation; suspension and revocation.

A. 
Any application for a business license shall be in accordance with § 155-1 et seq.
B. 
Any investigation performed for any applicant shall be in accordance with § 155-1 et seq.
C. 
Any revocation or suspension of a license shall be in accordance with § 155-1 et. seq.

§ 231-6 License renewal; nontransferability.

A. 
A license issued under the provisions of this chapter shall not be transferable and shall terminate on December 31 of the year in which said license is issued, unless it is properly renewed pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
On or about November 1 of each year, the Chief of Police shall make available a renewal application for each licensed dealer under this chapter. Upon submission of the renewal application, the license will be renewed unless the dealer has violated provisions of this chapter. In such case, the Chief of Police will notify the dealer, who may request a hearing as described in § 231-5.

§ 231-7 Dealer's responsibilities, requirements, and recordkeeping.

Every dealer within the City of Pleasantville shall, upon purchasing, receiving for pawn, or receiving for consignment, any property, as described in Appendix I,[1] from the public, as this term is defined in § 231-2, shall be required to:
A. 
Record using a unique transaction number the name, address and telephone number of the seller or sellers; the time and date of the transaction; the net weight in terms of pounds troy, pennyweight (troy) or kilograms/grams of the precious metals; fineness in terms of karats for gold; and sterling or coin for silver, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 51:5-1 et seq., N.J.S.A. 51:6-1 et seq. and N.J.S.A. 51:6A-1 et seq., and any property containing a serial number.
B. 
Document, through use of an electronic database software system as designated by the Chief of Police, the information listed in § 231-7C(1) through (6). These records shall be subject to the inspection of any sworn law enforcement officer acting in the performance of their duties. The dealer shall be responsible for purchasing and maintaining the electronic database software chosen.
C. 
Through the use of applicably required computer equipment, and using the electronic format approved by the Chief of Police, enter all transactions into the electronic database by close of business on the date that the transaction occurred, including the following information:
[Amended 3-16-2014 by Ord. No. 4-2015]
(1) 
The name, address, date of birth, telephone number, and governmental identification number of the seller.
(2) 
A full description of property sold or pawned by the seller, including but not limited to, marks, numbers, dates, sizes, shapes, initials, monograms and serial numbers, face value and identifying numbers of gift cards.
(3) 
The price paid for the property.
(4) 
The entry must include the name of the licensee/employee who made the transaction so as to readily identify that individual.
(5) 
A color photograph or color image of the seller's presented acceptable identification scanned into the transaction record.
(6) 
A color photograph or color image of all property sold scanned into the transaction record. When photographing or imaging, all property must be positioned in a manner that makes it readily and easily identifiable.
D. 
Any article purchased or powered by the dealer cannot be sold or disposed of and shall be made available for inspection by any sworn law enforcement officer in the performance of their duties for a period of 10 days from the date the information required above is received by the Chief of Police in the prescribed electronic format. The property shall remain on premises in the same condition as when purchased and shall not be changed, modified, melted or disposed of by the dealer until the ten-day period has expired. If the property is such that it would create a hardship on the dealer by holding the property for such period, the dealer may present the property to the Chief of Police or his designee in order that it may be photographed and, if deemed necessary by the Chief of Police, an investigation be implemented. The Chief of Police has the authority to grant the dealer a waiver of the requirement under this section.
[Amended 3-16-2014 by Ord. No. 4-2015]
E. 
In the event of a database failure or dealer's computer equipment malfunction, all transaction information is required to be submitted on paper forms approved by the Chief of Police. In the event that paper forms are used, the dealer is responsible to enter all required transaction information described in § 231-7C (1) through (6) into the database as soon as possible upon the dealer's equipment being repaired or replaced, or the database coming back into service. Failure by the dealer to properly maintain computer equipment in a reasonable fashion, or failure by the dealer to replace faulty computer equipment, may result in the dealer being cited for a violation of this chapter and may result in the revocation of the dealer's license under § 231-5D of this chapter.
F. 
It shall be the requisite duty of every dealer, and of every person in the dealer's employ, to admit to the premises during business hours any member of the Pleasantville Police Department or any other sworn law enforcement officer acting in the performance of their duties to examine any database, book, ledger, or any other record on the premises relating to the purchase of property from the public. Pleasantville law enforcement officers are empowered to take possession of any property known by a law enforcement officer or official to be missing or to have been stolen, or where the officer or official has probable cause to believe the article is missing or stolen. Mutual receipts will be provided to the dealer and the police for any property seized by the Pleasantville Police Department.
G. 
It shall be the duty of every dealer to maintain in working condition the software and hardware required to properly utilize the electronic database software system designated and approved by the Chief of Police for documenting transactions consistent with this Section. Payment of all required fees for any such hardware, software, licensing, maintenance and repair are the sole responsibility of the dealer.
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Editor's Note: Appendix I is included as an attachment to this chapter.

§ 231-8 Exceptions.

This chapter shall not apply to purchases made by dealers from wholesalers or other legitimate suppliers, but shall only apply to those purchases made from the public which includes other retail sellers as defined in § 231-2. The dealer shall keep records of all wholesale purchases for a period of six months from the date of such purchase, which records shall be opened to investigation by the Pleasantville Police Department or any sworn law enforcement officer in the performance of their duties. This chapter specifically does not apply to yard sales and garages sales by residents conducting such sales from their home residence a maximum of six times per year.

§ 231-9 Purchases from minors prohibited.

No dealer within the City of Pleasantville shall purchase any property as defined in Appendix I[1] from any person under the age of 18 years.
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Editor's Note: Appendix I is included as an attachment to this chapter.

§ 231-10 Violations and penalties.

Any violation of this chapter or § 155-1 et seq. shall be subject to penalties in accordance with § 155-1 et seq.