Township of Teaneck, NJ
Bergen County
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[Ord. No. 1912, 5-19-1981 § 1; Ord. No. 4061, 3-4-2008, § 1.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BROKERING
The business of buying or selling items regulated by this chapter for another on commission or the holding of such items for sale on consignment.
DEALER
Any person, partnership, corporation or other entity, whether permanent or itinerant, who or which engages in the business of buying, selling, trading, brokering or otherwise disposing of secondhand gold, silver or other precious metals, jewelry, gems or rare coins, or who advertises the purchase, sale, trading, brokering or disposing of any of the aforementioned items in the Township of Teaneck.
GEMS
Those precious or semiprecious minerals, crystals or stones commonly referred to as "jewels," including but not limited to diamonds, rubies, pearls, sapphires, opals, emeralds and similar items.
JEWELRY
Objects composed of precious metals, gems or both, including but not limited to rings, bracelets, necklaces, pins, flatware, tableware, chalices or goblets.
MINOR
Any person under the age of 18 years.
PRECIOUS METALS
Materials commonly used in the fabrication of jewelry, including but not limited to gold, silver, platinum and palladium or any alloy or combination thereof.
RARE COINS
Any coin which has a value in excess of the face amount of such coin.
SECONDHAND
Any items covered by this chapter which are used or previously owned by someone other than a jewelry manufacturer or wholesaler or a licensed dealer hereunder.
[Ord. 1912, 5-19-1981, § 2; Ord. No. 3343, 12-15-1992, § 6; Ord. No. 4061, 3-4-2008, § 1.]
(a) 
Each dealer conducting business in the Township of Teaneck shall first obtain an annual license therefor, which license shall bear a number issued by the Township Clerk and shall be prominently displayed within the licensed premises.
(b) 
Application for such license shall be obtained from the Chief of Police.
(c) 
All licenses shall expire on December 31 in each year and shall not be transferable.
(d) 
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; and fingerprints of applicant, unless the applicant has previously submitted fingerprints in connection with the issuance of a license hereunder.
(e) 
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 Township Council.
(f) 
If the Police Chief recommends denial of the license, the grounds for such recommendation shall be stated. Upon receipt of the recommendation of the Chief of Police, the Township Council shall issue or deny the license accordingly.
[Ord. 1912, 5-19-1981, § 3; Ord. No. 4061, 3-4-2008, § 1.]
(a) 
Each dealer shall maintain a complete record of each secondhand article purchased, received or sold by the dealer, together with the amount paid and the name, residence address and age of the person from whom the article was purchased or received or to whom the article was sold, and shall furnish to the seller of any article purchased by the dealer a receipt therefor.
(b) 
These records shall be maintained for a period of one year from the date of the transaction and shall at all times be available for inspection by any police officer of the Township of Teaneck.
(c) 
The records required by this section shall be maintained by each dealer in a separate bound volume maintained specifically for this purpose. Each transaction shall be assigned a number in the sequence in which it occurred and shall promptly be listed in the book according to its number with the required information.
(d) 
Each dealer shall complete a transaction card (Form P101) provided by the Police Department on each secondhand article or item purchased, received or sold during the course of business. Such cards will require the following information where applicable:
(1) 
Dealer identification.
(2) 
Transaction number.
(3) 
Date and time.
(4) 
Detailed description of each item:
a. 
Base metal.
b. 
Gems.
c. 
Nomenclature.
d. 
Gender (e.g., male or female ring).
e. 
Inscriptions.
f. 
Size.
g. 
Serial number.
(5) 
Amount paid or the sales price.
(6) 
The following information respecting the person from whom each item was purchased or received or to whom each item was sold:
a. 
Name.
b. 
Address.
c. 
Age.
d. 
Photocopy of a form of government-issued identification.
(e) 
Transaction cards (P101) shall be delivered by the licensed dealer to the Chief of Police or his/her designee within 72 hours of the completion of the transaction.
[Ord. 1912, 5-19-1981, § 4; Ord. No. 4061, 3-4-2008, § 1.]
(a) 
Each dealer shall require a form of government-issued identification from the person from whom a secondhand article was purchased or received or to whom a secondhand article was sold and shall make and retain a photocopy thereof.
(b) 
No transaction may be made with a minor.
(c) 
No dealer may sell, melt, change the form so as to render the article unidentifiable or dispose of any secondhand article of gold, silver or precious metal, jewelry, gems or rare coins bought or received by the dealer within seven days after delivery of the transaction card for such item to the Chief of Police.
(d) 
All articles obtained must be available for inspection by a member of the Police Department upon request.
(e) 
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 shall 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. In addition, any item on which a temporary stop is placed shall be made available for photographing by the Police Department.
[Ord. 1912, 5-19-1981, § 5; Ord. No. 4061, 3-4-2008, § 1.]
(a) 
Licenses issued under this chapter may be revoked by the Township 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.
(b) 
Notice of hearing for revocation of a license shall be given in writing to the dealer by the Township 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.
[Ord. 1912, 5-19-1981, § 6; Ord. No. 4061, 3-4-2008, § 1.]
The violation of any section of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Section 1-6 of the Code of the Township of Teaneck, as amended.