FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2018) – It would get harder to pawn stolen loot under a measure that passed the state Senate today by a 35-0 vote.
Known as House Bill 74, the measure would require the daily transactions at pawnshops to be entered into a database accessible to police, said Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville.
“The pawnbrokers support this,” he said. “The police support this, and I promise you thieves do not support this.”
The database would include descriptions of identifying characteristics such as the make, model, color, size, manufacturer, vintage and distinguishing marks of all merchandise pawned or sold. Customers selling or pawning an item would have to give a form of identification but they would not have to provide their Social Security number.
A second provision would require secondhand merchandise sold to pawnbrokers to be held for a minimum of 12 days before being resold. A third provision would require police to provide a case report or other documentation that an item has been stolen before a pawnbroker will be required to surrender the item to law enforcement.
HB 74 now goes back to the House for consideration of a Senate amendment to the bill.