Town of Mansfield, MA
Bristol County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Mansfield 5-19-2015 ATM by Art. 21. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Select Board members may license suitable persons to be dealers in and keepers of shops for the purchase, sale, or barter of junk, old metals, or secondhand articles in the Town. They may also license suitable persons as junk collectors to collect, by purchase or otherwise, junk, old metals, and secondhand articles from place to place in the Town; and they may provide that such collectors shall display badges upon their persons or upon their vehicles or upon both when engaged in collecting, transporting, or dealing in junk, old metals, or secondhand articles; and may prescribe the design thereof. They may also provide that such shops and all articles of merchandise therein and any place, vehicle, or receptacle used for the collection or keeping of the articles aforesaid may be examined at all times by the Select Board members or Town Manager or by any person by them authorized thereto.
A. 
Every keeper of a shop for the purchase, sale, or barter of junk, old metals, or secondhand articles within the limits of the Town shall keep a book in which shall be written at the time of every purchase of any such article a description thereof, the name, age, and residence of the person from whom, and the day and hour when, such purchase was made; such book shall at all times be open to the inspection of the Select Board members or Town Manager or any person by them authorized to make such inspection.
B. 
Every keeper of such shop shall put in a suitable and conspicuous place on their shop a sign having their name and occupation legibly inscribed thereon in large letters.
C. 
Such shop and all articles of merchandise therein may at all times be examined by the Select Board members or Town Manager or by any person by them authorized to make such examination.
D. 
No keeper of such shop and no junk collector shall, directly or indirectly, either purchase or receive, by way of barter or exchange, any of the articles aforesaid of a minor or apprentice, knowing or having reason to believe them to be such.
E. 
No article purchased or received by such shopkeeper shall be sold until at least one week from the date of its purchase or receipt has elapsed.
F. 
Such shop shall close between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. and no keeper thereof and no junk collector shall purchase any of the articles aforesaid during such hours.