[HISTORY: Derived from Ch. IV, Sec. 4-20, of the Revised General Ordinances of the Borough of Fort Lee, 1978, adopted 3-1-1979. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 296.
As used in this chapter, the following term shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any person, partnership, corporation or other entity who buys and sells rare coins, gold, silver or other precious metals and gems in any form in the Borough of Fort Lee.
Each dealer conducting business in the Borough of Fort Lee shall first obtain a license therefor, which license shall bear a number issued by the Borough Clerk and shall be prominently displayed within the licensed premises.
Application for such license shall be obtained from the Chief of Police and shall be accompanied by a license fee of $25 for each premises at which business is to be conducted.
All licenses shall expire on December 31 in each year and shall not be transferable.
The license application shall contain the following information: name of applicant; permanent home address of applicant; name and address of firm represented (if applicable); and a letter of authorization from the firm represented.
The Chief of Police shall have a reasonable period of time in which to verify the information in the application and to investigate the applicant and shall signify his approval or rejection on the reverse side of the form and transmit same to the Borough Council.
If the Police Chief recommends denial of the license, the grounds for such recommendation shall be stated. The Borough Council, upon receipt of said recommendation, shall afford the applicant an opportunity to be heard and shall determine whether or not the license shall issue.
Each dealer shall maintain a complete record of each article received by him, together with the amount paid and the name, residence address and age of the person from whom the item was purchased or received, and shall furnish to the seller a receipt therefor.
These records shall be maintained for a period of one year from the date of the transaction and shall be available for inspection by any police officer of the Borough of Fort Lee during regular business hours.
The records required by this chapter shall be maintained by each dealer in a separate bound volume maintained specifically for this purpose. Each transaction shall be assigned a number in sequence in which it occurred and shall promptly be listed in the book according to its number with the record information.
Each dealer shall complete a card (or form) provided by the Police Department on each item obtained during the course of business. Such cards will require the following information where applicable:
Said cards or forms shall be picked up from the licensed dealer by a member of the Police Department on a daily basis, whenever possible.
Each dealer shall require identification of the person selling each article, and no transaction may be made with any person under the age of 18 years without the written authorization of said minor's parent or legal guardian.
No dealer may sell, melt, change the form so as to render the article unidentifiable or dispose of any article of gold, silver jewelry or rare coins bought or received by him within six days after said article is received.
All articles obtained must be available for inspection by a member of the Police Department upon request.
Police personnel may, in the performance of their duties, place a temporary stop on any particular item or items if such items are the basis of an investigation or if the Police Department has reasonable cause to believe that such items are stolen property. A temporary stop have a duration of 15 days and shall not be renewable. The Chief of Police or his designee shall have the power to release items placed on temporary stop. During a temporary stop, the item or items will be maintained in their original state and not otherwise altered or changed.
Licenses issued under this chapter may be revoked by the Borough Council, after hearing on notice, for fraud, misrepresentation or false statements either in the license application or the course of business; or for violation of any provision of this chapter; or upon conviction of the dealer for any crime or disorderly person offense involving moral turpitude; or if the dealer's business is conducted in a manner which constitutes a breach of the peace or a menace to the health, safety or general public welfare.
Notice of hearing for revocation of a license shall be given in writing to the dealer by the Borough Clerk, setting forth specifically the grounds upon which the complaint is made and setting forth the time and place of hearing, and shall be mailed to the licensee at his last known address at least five days prior to the date set for hearing.
The violation of any section of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine up to $500 and/or imprisonment up to 30 days.